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good morning. down to the wire. president obama and governor romney in a dead heat on the final day before the election. the candidates making their last-minute pitches in battleground states >> turn out for me. we'll win ohio. we'll win this election. >> paul ryan and i will bring real change to america from day one. >> less than 24 hours to go, both have a clear shot at victory. what will decide this race? we have it all covered from our election home on democracy plaza today, monday, november 5th, 2012. from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer
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and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, and welcome to democracy plaza. i'm mate lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. this will be our home for a couple of days. after a year of campaigning, a billion dollars spent, maybe more, it's anyone's guess who will come out on top tomorrow night, if we have a decision. >> if you don't like to fly you wouldn't like to be a presidential candidate. governor romney and president obama logging a lot of stops, president planning stops in iowa, wisconsin and ohio while the governor will be in florida, ohio, new hampshire and virginia. >> while both men have a number of different ways to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win, we call that the path to victory, but who has the clearer path this morning? we're going to break it down with nbc's chuck todd.
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>> and as residents of the northeast move forward with their cleanup from hurricane sandy, we're going to ask the question how will that storm impact voter turnout in parts of the country tomorrow? >> and, of course, sandy still fresh in our minds and our hearts. people still trying to recover an dig out. there's a new storm targeting the region in the coming days. we want to get right to al roker who is on hard-hit stinld with more on that. good morning, al. >> good morning, savannah. house after house, instead of cars in the garage or the driveway, they have boats, and they are planning to get some of these boats out of here starting today, but that may be hampered by an oncoming nor'easter which normally we wouldn't be that worried about, but because of the weakened beaches and infrastructure this could be a big, big problem. let's take a look at where it's starting off. tomorrow morning around 8:00 a.m. it's in florida. so it's causing problems for maybe the voting in florida, especially in northern and central florida. as we make our way up the day
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tomorrow, we see it along the carolina coastline. by wednesday morning it's making itself felt along the new jersey coltine with strong onshore winds, wind gusts of over 50 miles per hour, waves of 10 to 20 feet, and we're talking about, as we said, 1 to 3 inches of rain, maybe even more, and it's a slow-moving system. slowly making its way up the coast into thursday. it will still be felt. rainfall amounts, anywhere from 2 to 4 inches and locally as much as five. the heaviest rain, sadly, where we don't need, it along the coast, and it's drawing in cold air. behind that system we've got snow to talk about. still too early to tell how much snow, but we're talking about heavy amounts of snow into the catskills and on into the green and white mountains of new england, all the way back down again into west virginia. so this is a potentially dangerous storm only because when we're talking about tides of 4 to 5 feet, when you have almost no beaches and no dunes,
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that could be big problems all along the areas, already affected by sandy and may bring some more power lines down. savannah? >> back to your forecast in a moment. a turn now to politics and a look at the state of the race today with the election less than 24 hours away now. the final nbc news/"wall street journal" poll before the election shows president obama and governor romney neck and neck nationally, and if you go to the battlegrounds the picture is the same in virginia, one of the key states that potentially could decide this election. in iowa, president obama holds a five-point lead, according to a poll over the weekend, and in new hampshire both men are locked at 47%. >> here's how all of this is playing out in the battle grounds this morning. in the "pittsburgh post gazette" say thousands rally for romney's last-ditch pennsylvania bid. no republican has won the state in almost 25 years. >> at least one poll shows pennsylvania tied and governor romney was there yesterday. meanwhile, the "cincinnati enquirer" reports third-party candidates could tilt election.
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voters in ohio will find five other names on the presidential ballot, and in a tight race like that, it could make the difference in the buckeye state. >> in the "miami herald," demanding to vote, last-minute chaos, anger, after overwhelmed election officials in one city halted early voting force begun 200 people to wait in long lines. now, governor romney is beginning this morning in florida. nbc's peter alexander is traveling with that campaign. peter, good morning to you. >> matt, good morning to you. just one more day. it sounds pretty good, doesn't it? this is the last day of campaigning in president barack obama's political career. could well be the last day for mitt romney as well. these two men are leaving nothing on the table trying to drive their voters to the polls in the last 24 hours to. give you a sense, there are eight events between the two of them today. mitt romney beginning his day here outside orlando and the president in wisconsin to. give you a better sense of just how they are fighting over similar territory. for a couple hours today both men will be in columbus, ohio.
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after a marathon campaign. >> are you ready to go vote? >> reporter: an exhausting last lap. >> if you're tired of being tired, not just tonight, but all the time. >> reporter: the president rapping up his sunday sprint in the wee hours of monday morning. >> turn out for me, colorado. we will win this state. we will win this election. >> reporter: in the campaign's closing weekend, mr. romney, like his opponent, raced across seven states. >> we're going to keep america the hope of the earth with your help, pennsylvania. >> reporter: including traditionally democratic pennsylvania, a state the romney campaign insists will help it expand its electoral map, a claim the president's advisers call a desperate ploy. at every stop governor romney seized on this recent comment from the president. >> don't boo, vote. vote. voting's the best revenge.
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>> president barack obama asked his supporters to vote for revenge, for revenge. i ask the american people instead to vote for love of country. >> reporter: with voters deeply divided, president obama was briefly interrupted by hecklers in cincinnati. >> it's okay, guys. >> reporter: but he encouraged his audience not to give up hope. >> i know what real change looks like. it's because i've fought for it. we can't give up on it now. we've got to keep on going and bring some more change to america. >> reporter: on sunday new jersey governor chris christie, who praised mr. obama's response to hurricane sandy, reiterated his support for governor romney. >> i'm voting for mitt romney because i think he's the best guy for the job, but it doesn't mean that i can't turn to the president of the united states of america and say to him, thank you, sir, for providing good leadership in this crisis and for helping the people of new jersey and to extend my hand of friendship to him. >> reporter: over the weekend a
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wistful moment in colorado, ann romney hiring her husband and later rallying supporters in cleveland. >> you know what, i'm feeling it? are you feeling it? >> reporter: and behind the scenes this weekend, perhaps another sign of confidence from the romney campaign, traveling with mitt romney this weekend, former utah governor mike levin, the man in charge of overseeing the romney transition team. he told me it's like building a ship that you hope will set sail. we should find out tomorrow night. >> peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign. we're joined now with strategists from both sides, republican mike murphy and democrat hillary rosen. nice to see you. let's go to some numbers. our latest numbers have it obama 48 and romney 47 and the "new york times" averaged the battle ground polls, president obama leading in 16 out 261 of them. is it that close?
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>> yeah, and it always has been. you know, there's been a lot of talk about the volatility of the polls, but really the volatility has been more for mitt romney. president obama has been fairly steady. it's romney who has kind of gone up and down over the last couple of months. >> the biggest challenge is the ceiling obama has in the mid to high 40s. if you haven't decided what you are thinking of him now, the undecideds might not break his way. margin of error, three points on each number. >> a lot of the polls are well within the margin of error. >> every poll says the same thing, a tied race. >> one poll, of all the information you're seeing, all the numbers, is there one poll that says to you wait a second, that's the information i need for tomorrow? >> yeah. well, generally i'm looking at internal polls that i feel more confident about, but, you know, one of the things that i've started to think about today is everybody's talking about ohio. ohio is going to be the only thing that matters. you know, when you look at something like the nbc poll in virginia where obama's just up by one point, again, within the
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margin of error, president obama has a path that mitt romney doesn't have to win without ohio. he just has to win, you know, nevada, wisconsin, new hampshire, and either north carolina or virginia. that's extremely doable. >> mike, what poll jumps out at you? >> "columbus dispatch," highly accurate, two points, margin of error, statistical poll, a mail-in poll, a better sample with a long tail. >> i've been hearing people saying they are tired. want this to be over. they are tired of the commercials. tired of the phone calls. tired of the coverage in some cases. will voter fatigue play into this, and if it does, who does it help and who does it hurt? >> i think romney has the intensity advantage, but my guess is a lot of people will grumble and vote. hell, i'm in the business and i'm tired but i'm going to vote. >> hillary? >> i was in florida a couple weeks ago and just the assault on simple tv watching is tremendous, but, you know, i
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actually think that something like hurricane sandy brings home to people in a very tragic but important way how important government is, and i think that matters and people will vote. >> real quickly, just both your answers to this. what are the chances wednesday morning americans wake up and after a year of campaigning and well over $1 billion spent we have the status quo, democrats in the white house, democrats in the senate, republicans in the house? >> very good chance, i think. >> i think the house and senate aren't going to change and the presidency is a coin toss right now. >> mike and hillary, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> long days ahead of you. appreciate your time. >> savannah. >> chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent, and this morning he is mapping out the paths to victory for both president obama and governor romney. chuck, good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. got my toys all ready to go. >> we'll run through some scenarios. the first one is the situation with the candidates neck and neck nationally. the president with a slight lee in key battleground states sets up a scenario potentially where
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governor romney could win the popular vote and lose the electoral college. lay that out. >> i have the ten battleground states here, you watch these numbers above me change and also we'll have a map in the foreground that will change. the very narrow path for the pennsylvania means pennsylvania stays where it is and nevada stays in his column because of hispanics and he wins wisconsin and ohio and that's it. he does it by one electoral vote, 271. this would mean all of these other states, all the southern states, florida, north carolina, virginia, colorado, savannah, iowa over here and new hampshire could all go to mitt romney, and he's short. that's the narrow path. that's the popular vote split in my guess. >> let's move on. we'll look at comfortable path and the narrow path for each candidate. let's start with the president. what's the best case scenario that's realistic for him on tuesday night? >> the best case scenario means he carries basically most of the swing states, colorado,
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virginia. you saw our poll with one point over here. probably also iowa, and then the difference between him getting over 300 electoral votes, savannah and under, would be the state of new hampshire in my opinion, the difference between 3030 and 299. i think florida and north carolina at this point probably end up in the romney column, but those of those are close, too. >> you have ohio in the president's column. >> that would already be there in this comfortable path for the president. >> if you take out ohio, what's the president's path to 270? >> without ohio it is doable but it's unrealistic. the thing is, if you take ohio out and he's at 281, he can afford to lose wisconsin and ohio, if he somehow carried virginia. there are other ways for him to get to 271 that are not out of the realm. this one, for instance, would include virginia. >> let's stay on ohio for a moment. no republican has won ohio without the state of ohio. show us how romney could win without ohio.
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>> without ohio. let's put it back over here, keep it here with florida and north carolina, colorado over here and give him virginia, and that should do it, right at 271, an of these states over here, this is without -- to me the key will be wisconsin, right? that would be the real difference. that would be the real upset. it goes to the midwest firewall. got to pick one of those off. >> the romney campaign says they have enthusiasm, intensity on their side. show us the big night for governor romney, what that would look like. >> i think the big night to be honest would include ohio and would include a pennsylvania and would probably include iowa. i don't think under any scenario nevada makes it over to him. i think the ceiling for mitt romney is 315. >> all right. another scenario, we'll prep for the 269-269. >> i can do it fast. >> let's just hope it doesn't happen or maybe talk about it tomorrow. >> all right, fair enough. >> and a reminder nbc's election night coverage right here in
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democracy plaza kicks off at 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 p.m. pacific time. >> i need to borrow that thing for college basketball and march madness. officials hard hit by sandy are hoping voting will move forward without major disruptions. mara schiavocampo is in highlands, new jersey, more on the storm's aftermath. mara, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. the big concern now is cold weather. temperatures are expected to dip to near freezing tonight, and more than 1 million peopl are still without power. this just one day after new york city cancelled its most famous race in the wake of the storm. for the first time in over four decades, sunday's new york city marathon was cancelled. as the marathon project of recovering from superstorm sandy continues under the teat of cold weather moving in. >> there's growing consensus this will be a coastal storm by the middle of next week.
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>> reporter: into new york and new jersey lines for gas with hours long. >> i've been here for two hours. never seen it this long. here every day and it's never been this bad. >> reporter: thousands are struggling for a hot meal, a warm bed and a roof overhead. in new jersey power outages are still an issue, but governor chris christie pointed out that progress is being made. >> we're down to under a million in less than six days of work. ♪ meet me in a land of hope and dreams ♪ >> reporter: on friday night, bruce springsteen, christina aguilera, billy joel, sting and a collection of stars performed a benefit concert on nbc raising close to $23 million for the recovery effort, chipping away at the storm's estimated $50 billion price tag. the national guard, the red cross and good samaritans continue providing essential supplies, from water to phone calls. also people whose lives have been totally turned upside down. >> our house is condemned. we don't know where we're going,
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but we have each other and we have stinld. >> reporter: the new york city marathon is an international testament to the human spirit. in that spirit thousands of people who planned to run the race on sunday took to the streets in spite of the cancellation, some running, many volunteering in the neighborhoods that make up the marathon route. >> i can't imagine losing everything, so if i can do something to help, whatever i can do, i'll do it. >> reporter: those affected by superstorm sandy will need a runner's endurance in the months to come. now as for the morning commute, more buses and trains in the tri-state area are up and running again, but they are expected to be very crowded, especially with the gas shortages making it harder for people to drive. matt? >> mara schiavocampo in new jersey, thanks very much. >> a check of the day's other top stories with natalie morales over at the news desk. good morning to you. >> good morning, everyone. despite gas shortages in the storm-ravaged northeast, nationwide prices at the pump are actually dropping according
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to the latest lumbering index. gas prices have dropped about 21 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to an average of 3.54 a gallon. in nuclear and new jersey, long lines continue at the pump. new jersey is even rationing fuel based on license plate numbers. homeland secretary janet napolitano says as more refineries come back online more fuel will be available. more on the gas shortage coming up. the u.s. soldier charged with the grisly massacre of afghan soldiers appears in court today. he's accused of carrying ought a pre-dawn raid batch in march killing 16 villagers, 9 of them children as they slept. the 39-year-old father of two faces a court-martial and could ultimately receive the death penalty. parts of the proceedings will be held at night to allow witnesses in afghanistan to testify. a horrific accident at the
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pittsburgh zoo where a 2-year-old boy was mauled to death when he fell into a den of african painted dogs. the by's mother had put him on a railing overlooking the exhibit 11 feet below. federal officials have launched an investigation into what caused an atlanta police helicopter to hit the top of a power line and crash into a city street saturday night, killing both officers on board. the two officers were searching for a 9-year-old boy who had run away from home. the boy was later found unharmed. no one on the ground was injured in that crash. now let's head to wall street and the new york stock exchange. good morning to you, kayla. >> reporter: a tepid reaction from wall street on friday's job numberses largely because they showed companies are favoring part-time hiring over full-time workers largely to save money on things like benefits. investors and companies are sitting on their hands, not wanting to put any more money on the line until they see how issues like whether the u.s. will fix its debt issues as well
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as corporate tax rates before putting that money to work. historically the stock market rises falling an election year. >> thanks. it may sound like science fiction, but sheer will power makes it fact. sac bodder became the first person ever to climb the top of hick's willis tower using a mind-controlled prosthetic limb. he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident but uses a robotic leg that responds to his thoughts to climb 2,100 stairs or 103 stories right to the top. talk about an amazing accomplishment. it's 7:20 right now. let's go back over to democracy plaza for matt and safe in a. >> thanks. that's an inspiration for su. we want to go back to al in stin staten island and we'll get the down through the gulf coast. part of the system that's making its way through there. we've got strong storms of houston, texas, all the way to
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new orleans, and could see some damaging winds, heavy rain, anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain. the rest of the country, some showers in the northern plains. wet weather making its way up into the mid-mississippi river valley. that low pressure will reform off the coast and become our nor'easter. we've got record highs throughout southern california. los angeles today, 96 degrees. medford oregon will see a high of 65. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> good morning. i'm tom kieran. feeling wintry cold this morning. you need your winter coat. we're in the 30s most of the region now. a cloud cover should break up later today. a little sunshine breaking out. a bit of a blustery northerly wind with a high around 50. good weather for voting tomorrow for election day but cold morning. chilly afternoon. then a coastal storm could give us rain, snow and wind beginning wednesday >> and that's your latest
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weather. matt? >> all right, al, thanks very much. just ahead, the most memorable moments from this long and sometimes tense presidential race and tom brokaw weighs in on what he thinks will happen tomorrowifying. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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how lyrica affects you. with less pain, i'm feeling better now that i've found lyrica. ask your doctor if lyrica is right for your fibromyalgia pain. good morning. 7:26 on this monday, november 5th. i'm aaron gilchrest. let's have a look at traffic. all right, sounds like we're having a little trouble with the microphone there. we'll see if we can work on that.
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good morning. taking a look at route 50 at 410. delays. these delays continue as you head towards vw parkway at 20 miles an hour, you're under speed. under speed in this area, 27 miles per hour. tom. >> need a winter coat this morning, it's cold. in the 30s under cloud cover. clouds breaking up later today, a little sun breaking out. but blustery wind. tomorrow, cold in the morning and chilly afternoon.
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then coastal storm likely giving us rain, snow and wind wednesday afternoon, ending on thursday. >> thank you, charlie rose: will you endorse president obama? colin powell: yes. when he took over we were in one of the... worst recessions we had seen in recent times... close to a depression. and i saw, over the next several years, stabilization... come back in the financial community. housing is starting to pick up. the president saved the auto industry. and the actions he's taken with respect to... protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid.
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and so, i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >> i'm not going to shut up. it's my turn. >> i love you women! >> with all due respect that's a bunch of malarkey. >> ah, just a few of the unforgettable moments on the presidential race that took a long time to get here, but we've now reached the eve of election day. i know a lot of voters are there are relieved from that. i'm savannah guthrie alongside matt lauer. we'll check in with tom brokaw and he'll tell us where we stand and what he'll be looking for tomorrow night. >> and the fallout from sandy. gas lines stretching for miles all around the northeast over the weekend, so when will drivers see some relief? when will gas deliveries pick up? we'll talk about that coming up as well. >> all right. also ahead. christina aguilera stops by to talk about her new album, her
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fellow coaches on "the voice" and how the upcoming fan vote is going to shake things up on the show, but we'll start this half hour on the trail with the presidential election just a day away, and at times it did feel like this was a race that would never end. here's a look at the long and winding road to get to where we are today. >> i'm newt gingrich. >> i am michele bachmann. >> i'm mitt romney. >> i'm jon huntsman and i'm running. >> i'm running. >> i am running. >> for president. >> for the presidency. >> for president. >> for president. >> for president of the united states. >> i'm running for president of the united states. >> the 2012 presidential race is already intensifying. >> reffing up. fresh off her win in the iowa straw polls. >> don't look now but michele bachmann may be the legitimate front-runner. >> newly minted front-runner rick perry. >> rick santorum now leads the national polls. >> newt gingrich surges to the top of the gop field. >> campaign in full throttle mode. >> on the attack, the gloves come off and the candidates come out swinging. >> can we drop a little bit of
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the pious baloney. >> rick, again. >> i'm speaking, i'm speaking. >> contentious gop presidential debate. >> she says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage. would you like to take some time to respond to that. >> i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. >> 10,000 bucks. >> i'm not in the betting business. >> okay. >> my 999 plan is a bold solution. >> three agencies of governor when i get there that are gone, commerce, education and -- and let's see. oops. >> the newest claim of sexual misconduct against herman cain. >> i am suspending the campaign. >> suspending the campaign. >> i have decided to stand aside. >> a better america begins tonight. >> mitt romney wanted to shake up his candidacy, and he has. >> next vice president of the united states, paul ryan. >> we won't duck the tough issues. we will lead. >> is paul ryan going to be a game-changer? >> the threat of isaac has
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forced the republicans to have to rearrange their convention schedule. >> i love you women. >> $716 billion funneled out of medicare by president obama. >> would you concede that while many of the things you said were effective, some were not completely accurate. >> no, not in the least actually. >> mitt romney makes an impassioned case for the presidency. >> my country deserves better. >> but it's clint eastwood's appearance that's getting much of the attention. >> i'm not going to shut up. it's my turn. >> this was extremely strange. >> change is hard, but eventually we get there. >> no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. >> president obama closes the democratic national convention with an impassioned speech. >> the path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. >> 47% are with him.
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>> secretly recorded tape of mitt romney at a private fund-raiser. >> 47%. >> 47%. >> 47%. >> 47%. >> it's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. >> open rebellion. conservatives circling mitt romney's campaign. >> romney's wife ann fired pack at her husband's kritics. >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it. get in the ring. >> an energetic mitt romney comes out firing with a strong performance in the first presidential debate. >> you're entitled to your own airplane and own house but not your own facts. >> where was president obama tonight? >> governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> joe biden and paul ryan come out swinging. >> with all due respect that's a bunch of ma larky. >> had all the makings of a prize fight, president obama and mitt romney trading jabs and then circling around each other, getting in each other's faces. >> not true, governor romney. >> you'll get your chance in a moment, i'm still speaking. >> with the election just five days away. >> this race is about as close as you can get.
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>> let's begin that future for america tonight. >> your voice must be heard in this election. >> let's take back america. >> and reaffirm the spirit that makes the united states of america the greatest nation on earth. >> may god bless you. may god bless the american people. >> god bless the united states of america. >> and tom brokaw is an nbc news special correspondent. tom, good morning. a walk down memory lane. when you look back at the campaign that was, do you think we did a good job of debating the issues that mattered? >> actually i do think that the people have a very clear choice going into tomorrow. it's about the size and the shape of the federal government and its place in our future. i think a number of things were left out. there was almost no discussion about the economic connection this country has to the european union, for example. that did not come up. we didn't really have as much of a discussion as i think we need to have about the doctrine of the two men when it comes to foreign policy. in the middle east especially and more broadly speaking about
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the new china leadership that is about to take office. i did wake up this morning though with a phrase ringing in my mind. i was there the day that gerald ford assumed the presidency and looked into the camera and said our long national nightmare is over after watergate, and i think a lot of people feel that way. the problem with the election process in america, it goes on too long. it deadens the minds of a lot of people and drives them away from the process more than to t.having said that, i think in the closing week people have gotten reinvolved again, and there is a lot of passion in these romney rallies around the country that could change some things. >> let's talk about the day after election day. one thing is clear, whoever wins, we have a starkly fractured country, very polarized, very did i sided. what does that say about our ability to get things done in washington with the fiscal cliff looming? >> well, i'd like to believe that wherever you are in the political spectrum, you do not want this time in your life and in your career to go down in history as the most fractured part of america where you have
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an 11% approval rating for congress, for example, a lot of unhappiness with the president. i do think that there are also people out there outside of washington who are beginning to put pressure on the various political factions to get something done. i think a year from now the federal government will look much different, whoever wins, and to what degree, i can't say, but i do think it will be a much different federal government in how regulations are put in place, the size of it and how we do business, much more public/private stuff going on. >> i'll let you handicap the race real quick. mitt romney says he has enthusiasm and intensity on his side. president obama says they have organization and that their campaign is about to execute what it was built to do on the ground. >> here's what i'm prepared to say. tomorrow morning this will be an election. >> way to go out on a limb, tom. >> wow. this is why we bring you here. thank you so much. a long night ahead tuesday night. thank you. we want to take a turn and go out to staten island and go to al and more on the cleanup from sandy and a check on the forecast.
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>> and, you know, this boat right here behind me, a 32-foot sailboat. one of only 17 in the world. it was made in 1969, chris-craft. it is a replica, a duplicate really of the same boat that ted turner won the america's cup in. so it's quite the collector's item. the owner rode the boat out from the marina out here on to just amazing stories of survival. let's show you what we got as far as the weather is concerned. today, record heat down to southern california. 50s and 60s in the pacific northwest. more rain, slight risk of rain, gulf coast to the mid-mississippi river valley. tomorrow, election day, heavy rain developing with this nor'easter. the battleground state of florida affected by this. eastern north carolina as well. showers will stay to the west of ohio. we've got rain in the pacific
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northwest. clear skies and cold in the northeast. on into new england. and record highs continue on election day into california. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> feeling wintry cold this monday morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kieran. we're in the 30s, much of maryland, virginia, the district. but still cloudy. where it's clear farther south and west, gets down to the 20s. later today, sunshine breaking out. highs reaching near 50. a bit of a blustery northerly wind. should be chilly for election day tomorrow. then the coastal storm may give >> that's your latest weather. more ant latest on the nor'easter from the sandy-ravaged area a little later in the hour. >> thanks very much. how long will the gas shortage from sandy y last, and will it
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back now at 7:43 with pain at the pump being felt by a lot of drivers here in the northeast in the wake of hurricane sandy. many people spent the weekend waiting in long lines for the chance to fill up. when will they see some relief, and why has the price of gas actually dropped 21 cents over the past couple of weeks? john hofmeister is the former ceo of shell oil and founder of -- and founder and ceo of citizens for affordable energy. mr. hofmeister, good morning, good to see you. >> good morning, thank you. >> so down 21 cents over the last couple of weeks. why? >> well, generally this time of
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year there's less driving overall, and so we have a seasonal decline in price which is normal, but in addition the economy is really quite weak, and we're down about 10% demand year over year which has affected the crude price, and because the prospects of growth as the business community and the society in general don't reflect much new demand coming, the crude price is down so the gas price is down. >> i think a lot of people look and think, wait a second, after hurricane katrina the price of gas went up, but that's because that storm struck in a different region of the country. >> well, yes indeed. 25% of the nation's refining capacity is on the gulf coast. katrina was a category 5 storm which meant refineries near the coast took a lot more wind, a lot more water, although sandy was properly named a super storm, it didn't have the sustained wind that we see on the gulf coast with a category 5, and so you didn't have anywhere near the damage to the
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production facilities. but what makes the new york area, new jersey, new york, connecticut so complicated, matt in, terms of the supply system is you don't have that many refineri refineries. therefore you rely on pipelines and ports, and the ports took quite a bit of damage. you couldn't get barges and ships in there right away. >> right. >> the refineries weren't too badly damaged, but the pipeline was also shut down for a while because it exits on the water. >> let me ask you this then as someone who knows the industry and the delivery system very well. how long do you think this situation is going to last, john? how long are people going to be waiting in the kind of lines or going in the odd-even rationing system, for example, that they are seeing in new jersey today? >> well, odd-even was a good decision because it reduces demand by mandate, and what the region faced was unfettered demand which led to chaos, and i think we're into probably once the electricity is all connected, stations and depots can operate normally.
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it will take around five days or so to get everybody's tanks to normal. what really drives the behavior to go line up to fill up is fear, fear of the unknown, fear of when you need gas you won't have it. >> right. >> and people trying to protect their family, trying to get to work, and so they put excess demand on a system that is undersupplied, and that's what leads to the lines and to the rationing, but i think once we get to the electricity back, the problem will go away really quickly. >> real, real quickly. was there anything that stayed in federal government could have done in advance of this storm, as it was coming up the coast to have alleviated some of these problems. >> no. because nobody knows how much electricity will be lost. the companies pre-position tanks, but if the tanks can't go to stations that have electricity to offload, it doesn't make any difference. i think government did a good job. i think the industry is doing a good job. it's just a very, very hard time, matt. >> john hofmeister, john, thanks so much for your input. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> up next, how tomorrow's
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michelle, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, savannah. it has been fascinating here to see their fascination. how people around the world are watching virtually every detail of this election and analysts say there's no equivalent in the u.s., we as americans don't have that feeling of looking up to another power as a source of growth and stability for ourselves. newspapers, web, television, the local cafe has been full of, fascinated by the american contest, from speculating on potential nightmare recounts down to first lady fashion. this clip from britain makes fun. >> are you a lawyer? a failed actor? did your dad already have a go. then this could be the job for you. >> reporter: while russia today carries a typical quote, the whole process of american elections is fundamentally anti-democratic. in rural kenya a bull fight, one named obama, the other romney. but make no mistake, many the world over see this election as
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hugely important to them. >> america is the powerhouse of the world, and the sooner that america is about thor the sooner the world is better. >> i'd love to see growth pick up in the u.s. more than anything because europe has stalled. >> reporter: does this really affect business on day to day internationally. >> this is very seriously importantly indeed, not just for business, but for the markets and it's all about confidence. it doesn't even matter who wins. it's making sure we get a clear decisive decision one way or the other. >> reporter: and on security many see the american stance as directly affecting them. >> the u.s. with a traditional role one of the policemen in the world is something that might have to be rethought, particularly a question of whether or not it's affordable. >> reporter: in europe, one survey showed 75% of voters would choose obama and in germany 92%. in israel polls strongly favor romney who has vocally supported potential action against iran's
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nuclear facility. continuity and aid have been important to nations in transition. >> there are people that are worried that the muslim brotherhood is going to run amuck and not sure what they expect america to do or how gentle they want that american president to be but see something as to potentially save them from an islamist in egypt. >> reporter: what about china, on the break of an important party election of its own. >> how the work will be going in china. >> reporter: analysts say the reason so many europeans might be so reluctant to see an administration change in the u.s. is because they worry about what's forging that new relationship would mean to them, and politically speaking to them change doesn't necessarily have a positive connotation. in some of their own experiences lately, it's only worsened problems like with youth unemployment. savannah. >> michelle kosinski in london this morning, thank you so much. just ahead, how well does christina aguilera really know her fellow coaches on "the voice."
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good morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kieran. off to a wintry cold start this morning. temperatures throughout much of the region are down into the 30s. and we have a lot of cloudiness around northern virginia, the district and the rest of maryland. and we are going to stay wintry cold here for another few hours. storm team 4 four-day forecast. we'll have a little sun breaking out later this morning and during the afternoon. winds gusting to around 15, 20 miles an hour. high near 50. good weather for election day but chilly. could get rain, snow and wind wednesday, wednesday night, ending on thursday.
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8:00 new on a monday morning. it's the 5th of november, 2012. nice people out on the plaza on a chilly morning here in the northeast. gearing up for election tomorrow as we take a will be at our home away from home the next couple of days on democracy plaza. in the background i think you can hear the music of christina aguilera. one of her new songs, and i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie. christina helped us with the tell thon for the victims of sunday on friday night. this morning we'll sit down with her to talk about her new album, her chemistry with her fellow coaches on "the voice" and her upcoming breather from the show. >> all right. also ahead, a last-minute pitch to get you to vote tomorrow comes from will farrell.
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wait until you see what he's willing to do to get you to the polls. >> all right. and later help for homeowners in the wake of sandy. if your home flooded, you had any kind of water damage, do you know how to go about fixing t t that? some really practical advice. >> first to natalie at the news desk. natalie, good morning. >> good morning, matt and savannah. good morning, everyone. more than the $1 billion marathon to the white house, president obama and governor romney will spend this last day before americans hit the polls making a final blitz of the critical swing states. both candidates visit ohio which could hold the key to amassing the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. some of the biggest names in entertainment joins forced here on nbc for the hurricane sandy coming together telethon. friday night's broadcast raised nearly $23 million for the american red cross storm relief effort. next's mike taibbi has more.
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♪ i see the lights go out on broadway ♪ >> reporter: it was partly a concert and mostly a telethon hosted by matt to benefit millions unable to watch it. most of the performers who came together in just four days of planning have homes or history themselves in the storm's impact zone, including new jersey's bruce springsteen and jon bon jovi. bon jovi visited his hometown just up the road from the boss and sang the she's theme. ♪ we've got each other ♪ that's a lot for love >> reporter: for all the life-saving heroics in the immediate aftermath of sandy, the task of recovering for so many who lost so much will take time and money and a lot of both, the reason for the telethon. >> and donate whatever amount you want. every cent counts, and we appreciate anything. >> reporter: all of that is still needed along the vast and deadly path of an historic storm as sting sang on behalf of all of the telethon participants.
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♪ i'm sending out an s.o.s. >> reporter: using the many platforms now available, broadcast and cable, digital and radio, the one-hour telethon generated record donations. >> god bless the new jersey shore. >> reporter: an outpouring of support and goodwill the red cross called extraordinary and humbling. mike taibbi, nbc news. >> james "whitey" bulger is in the hospital after complaining on sunday about chest pains. the 83-year-old massachusetts mobster has been behind bars in boston awaiting trial on allegations he played a role in 19 murders. bulger was captured last year in california after fleeing boston in 1994. and now for a look at what's trending today, our quick roundup of what has you talking online. will farrell has released a last-minute pitch to get out the vote on his funny or die website, and he says he'll do anything to get you to the polls. >> if you agree to vote in this year's election i will
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personally give you a tattoo. fair warning, i do not know how to draw. >> reporter: he also gives a sneak preview of his very special voting dance. all right. looking good. well, no doubt has pulled its music video for looking hot from youtube. critics say the native american imagery in the wild west "themed video was offensive. no doubt posted an apology on its website saying it never intended to hurt or trivialize the native american culture or history. and indy filmmaker video of his kids put all other daddies with camcorders to shame. now he's mate a look at "enter the dragon" and "kill bill" with a plush dragon. i don't know if we should adore a dragon baby or be afraid of
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him. there's some moves on that kid. it's 8:05 right now. back outside to matt and savannah at democracy plaza. >> very cute. >> let's go back to al now out on staten island, more on the weather and a brewing storm for the northeast. al, good morning again. >> yeah, that's right, guys. great to see video like that trying to put a smile on your face especially when you see a forecast like this for the areas that have already been so hard hit hit by superstorm sandy. we've got low pressure developing. this is wednesday morning. you can see already those tighter lines, those white lines, those are isobars. the closer the lines, the stronger the winds. coastal wind gusts at 50 miles per hour. tides from 1 to 4 feet above normal. seas 10 to 20 feet, significant beach erosion. the big problem, it's a slow mover. the areas hit by sandy already have eroded beaches, dunes washed out. so this is going to have a
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significant effect. rainfall is a big deal too. generally about 2 to 4 inches of rain. this heavy rain will be right along the coast. all the way from wilmington on up into nantucket. on the back side of the system, we've got cold air filtering in so we've got to worry about snow. too early to give you actual snowfall amounts but we're talking about heavy wet snow through the catskills, the white and green mountains, down into the poconos with that snow. when you get that heavy wet snow, that can bring down even more trees and power lines. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> feeling wintry cold this wednesd monday morning. right now, much of the area under the cloud cover just in the mid and upper 30s. where the clouds are cleared out, farther south and wecht, it's below freezing, many locations. later today, sunshine breaking out. highs reaching near 50. a northerly wind gusting to 20 miles an hour. chilly weather for election day
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but dry. wednesday into thursday is when that coastal storm may affect >> the hard work of cleaning up continues, bringing cranes in to remove some of these boats and hope to get to the one behind me later on today. with the nor'easter coming, get your latest weather the weather channel on cable or online 24/7. savannah? >> all right, al. thanks. coming up next, christina aguilera opens up about her new album and her fellow coaches on "the voice," right after this. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still "stubbed" up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a decongestant. no way. [ male announcer ] sorry. alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast acting decongestant to relieve your stuffy nose. [ sighs ] thanks! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on facebook.
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not going to share to me, you must have an idea of who you would like to win now. >> you think you do, and depending on the songs they choose week by week you're kind of blown away. oh, i didn't know you had that capability. for instance, one girl on my team right now who, you know, i thought, okay, i know she's great. i know she can hit the notes and be a powerhouse and gets behind the piano and plays very well and shows a more vulnerable softer side of herself which was quite a surprise, so it could be anybody's game at this point. >> you like the pop singers, it seems, and blake shelton came out, and he said he thinks you've gone too much for artists of one genre, and he thinks it's going to come back and backfire. >> well, that's right. blake has been one to choose some wacky people. >> but there's a strategy here on your pop. >> you know, this year, as i always say, i press my button when i'm moved by what i hear, and it's regardless of what the sound is. last year i had a very versatile team, happened to have the emcee, an opera singer, a soul
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singer, had a little bit of everybody. the first year was predominantly all female team of big powerhouse, got the rock kind of chick and really, really fun having all of that, and this year, you know, predominantly, i mean, we pick what's sort of behind us for the blinds, and so it just so happened to be they are young, they are pop and they are beautiful people. >> worked out pretty well. >> i've got the modeling agency on my team. >> you've got live playoffs now. >> yes. >> the audience is now going to get to vote. how do you think it's going to shake things up? >> i'm actually thrilled about it, because being on the hot seat to pick who goes home and who stays is so hard. i mean, it's heard breaking to see their faces and to get attached to these people as their coach. we go back and forth in e-mails and go back and forth in sound choices. in music there's so much heart and passion in what we do and the blood, sweat and tears that it takes to have what it takes to get up on the stage.
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sending people home is the hardest thing in the world. i'm glad to have america weigh n.please help me choose the voice. >> i would imagine during the show it's a blur and things are going on all around you. you guys have great chemistry with the contestants, a very interesting chemistry between the coaches. >> yes. >> here's what we do. i want to test your knowledge here. i'm going read you some comments that have been made by one of the coaches on the show. you have your little handy dandy face paddles. i want you to hold up the paddle for the person who said the following, okay. >> okay. here's the quote. why don't you just come down here and punch me in the face and get it over with. who said that? >> blake. >> correct. >> i know these guys like the back of my hand. >> it was like the coolest thing i've ever seen. it was kind of like a musical pillow fight or something. who said that? ooh. >> i don't think that was adam. i think it's either -- i think blake again. >> sorry. >> that was adam. >> i got cocky too quick. >> how about this one.
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we belong together. it's a match made in heaven. >> cee lo. >> gosh darn it. >> who said that? >> you said that? >> hey, i'm not up here. >> just put your face out like this. >> there you go, perfect. >> next one, she just explained it. you have to be an idiot not to push your button. >> me. >> you're 1 for 4 now, you realize that. that was blake shelton >> i want to go all day, man. >> last one. i love your swag. i love your energy. >> very good. >> you reseemed yourself. >> speaking of cee lo, speaking of you. you're taken off and i haven't gotten the definitive answer if you're taken off for good. >> mark burnett, who i really love, said this show would be truly about supporting talent and music in general, and that's
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something i didn't see as a format in any other show out there as far as really truly, you know, we can take shots at each other all day being on the same playing field as coaches, but, you know, we always want to support the talent, and, again, i can only be so great for the talent. as long as i, you know, i stay true to may self as an artist, too, i go out and experience my fans, one-on-one, doing shows. the guys have already had that opportunity, and i've been busy recording my album, so finally the time is here, so "lotus" is coming. i'm excited to be back out there with my fans. i need a break to gain new experiences so i can come back and be an even better coach. >> happen we what's on the album? >> i love my album. it's very multi-dimension a. the first song actually isn't a reflection of everything else that's on there. one of the more fun, light songs and i got to portray this amazing, fun, playful character in the video, but there's a lot of great ballads and hopefully songs that will inspire the next generation of singers and vocalists. >> a pretty good cover photo, by the way. >> thank you.
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>> can you imagine if i tried that cover photo. it wouldn't work. >> were you going to wear the shoes that i wore today. >> just before i let you go, last time we saw each other, you participated in nbc's benefit telethon for the victims of hurricane sandy. just tell me why you wanted to do that. >> well, it's important for me. you know, my heart goes out to anyone out there that's suffering or going through a situation on such a large scale of loss, and my songs actually are inspired by moments like this, and moments of tragedy, and hope fry i can now inspire with something that i'm going to do for the hurricane in this regard. >> we really appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> christina aguilera, thank you, and a reminder. you can catch "the voice" monday and tuesday nights at 8:00, 7:00 central time right here on nbc. we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc. maybe you can be there;
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life is delicious. back now with more on presidential politics from here on democracy plaza. nbc's home for election day. we sent today's jenna wolfe to give us a tour. jenna, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, savannah. tomorrow night is election night. if you don't already have plans,
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let me throw this out there at you, rockefeller center. thousands will be gathered here tomorrow night to watch election coverage. there will be big flat-screen tvs all throughout here. it is a byoc policy, bring your own curiosity. what is this? what is democracy plaza? how about a little show and tell. welcome to democracy plaza, or, in other words, all the politics you could possibility want shrunk down to size and speaking shrinking down to size, i'm happily standing here in new york. come election night these states will turn red or blue depending on how each state votes. love to skate you around the country a little bit but i've got the boots on so instead i'll walk you around what the rest of democracy plaza has to offer. first stop, the newsroom. ever wanted to be a tv anchor, here's your chance. what is going on here? this seems like the most popular booth on the block. >> bringing people off the street and giving them a chance to be an nbc personality.
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>> reporter: okay. let's just roll this from the top. here we go. >> it's the final countdown to election night, and here at democracy plaza in rockefeller center there's electricity in the air. >> reporter: more energy. >> people have traveled from all over the country to experience. >> reporter: louder, loud er. >> now whisper. that's how we like to do it. >> this is lori hayes. >> reporter: punch it. >> signing off from democracy plaza! >> reporter: oh, wow. once you've mastered the news business, why not mingle with the news folks. not hard to do here at democracy plaza. look who we found trying to blend in with the crowd. >> oh, my god, it's you. >> reporter: a great experience for the political savvy, and, well, the future political savvy. you're not too short to vote, are you? no, you can, like, you have to be -- you have to reach this high to be able to vote. all right. you can vote. you can vote. can you vote? you guys can all vote. i just made up the rules.
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it's going to be fantastic. romney or obama. >> obaromney obama. >> reporter: i think he's saying both. and anyone can end up here. months and months of campaigning. i don't see what the big deal is. i just walked into the oval office here with one simple question. can i get this picture e-mailed to me. my dad would love this. and i did. lucky me. here's the deal. this is a completely interactive environment here. can you follow everything the little interactive booths here are doing on twitte twitter @democracyplaza. follow them. they will probably follow you back. enjoy it. come on out tomorrow night. >> all right, jenna wolfe, thank you. >> a quick real quickly. what's the name of the statue you're standing next to? >> reporter: you know what, i'm having a hard time hearing you, matt. did you ask me a question. >> what's the name of the statue there, that you're standing there next to?
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>> reporter: what is it? >> prometheus. of course, i thought you were pointing to that one. >> nbc's election night coverage from democracy plaza kicks off at 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 p.m., and we're back right after this.
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good morning. it's 8:26 on this monday, november 5th. i'm aaron gilchrist. two tractor trailer accidents causing big delays. >> we'll start on 66 eastbound at chain bridge. 123, you're going to see the left lane, two of your left lanes blocked by the accident there involving a tractor trailer. delays are growing on 66. now the inner loop of beltway approaching braddic. tractor trailer accident here is now in the right shoulder lane. earlier, they had to stop traffic to get the tractor trailer out of the roadway. >> tom has your forecast next.
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good morning. you'll need a winter coat this morning. still cold under the cloud cover. we're in the mid to upper 30s to near 40 around the metro area it later today, a little sunshine breaking out and winds getting gusty. right now, they're around 15 to 20 miles an hour. we could have 20 to 25 mile an hour gusts later today with a high near 50. for election day, chilly with increasing clouds.
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a coastal storm could give us some rain, snow and wind wednesday afternoon and evening into part of thursday and then warming up after that as we clear out, aaron. >> don't
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8:30 now on a monday morning. it's the 5th day of november, 2012. it's a brisk start to the week in the morning here in the northeast. it's about 39 degrees. feels a little colder because you know what? there is wind on the plaza, but we've got a big crowd of people gathered here, expecting even more tomorrow as democracy plaza fills up. it is election day, if you haven't heard. got to get out there and do a little voting.
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i'm matt lauer along with natalie morales, and now arrivi arriving. >> wanted coffee. >> we welcome over there democracy plaza and over here and savannah did stop to sign autographs, all the time. >> anyway. >> what's going on? >> something great actually. barefoot contessa is here, ina garten is here with comfort foods to warm us up on a chilly morning here in the northeast. >> and we've been telling you all week a lot of people have suffered great damage as a result of hurricane sandy. water damage is one of the biggest problems. we'll learn how to handle it and repair and replace things inside your house and when to call a professional. >> heard a lot of fans running in my town in hoboken this weekend, that's for sure. also a source of fascination and sometimes scrutiny when it comes to tomorrow's presidential election. we're talking about the candidates' wives, president obama and governor romney's
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wives and their fashion choices on the campaign trail. >> okay. >> all right. before we get to all that. we want to go back out to al. he's on staten island. al, good morning again. >> hey, good morning, guys. as you can see, still as far as the eye can see, boats where they are not supposed to be. some folks have a sense of humor. one of the guys came over and said, hey, al, two for one, but transportation's not included. i've got to tell you, it's hard to have a sense of humor, but they have got it here. let's take are. let's take a look. as far as the week ahead is concerned. we start off with heavy rain in the south and a below normal temperature in the east. we're looking at above normal temperatures out west. midweek period as that nor'easter making its way up the coast. more heavy rain in the mountains out west. above normal conditions in the western third of the country. then later in the week, a switch. it's going to be cooler, wetter and snowier out west. warmer in the great lakes to the gulf coast, warmer in new england. that's what's going on around
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the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. good morning. i'm tom kieran. a lot of clouds clinging here but they're beginning to break up to our east and to our west, south, sunshine breaking out. and we'll have the cloud cover continuing to break up as the day progresses. the sun this afternoon. the wind's gusting to around 20 miles per hour will make it feel chillier than it is. right now we're just around 40 degrees. high near 50 midafternoon. then a cold start for election day tomorrow morning. increasing clouds tomorrow afternoon. could get rain, snow w your lat weather. matt. >> all right, al, thank you very much. when we come back, the barefoot contessa serves up some perfect comfort food for a chilly day. but first, this is "to
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[ earnest ] out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30-foot stage. gathered the guys and we built that 30-foot stage, not knowing what it was for. just days later, all three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse. a group of people walked out on that stage and told us that the plant is now closed and all of you are fired... i looked both ways, i looked at the crowd, and...we all just lost our jobs. we don't have an income. mitt romney made over 100 million dollars by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives.
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turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building my own coffin, and it just made me sick. [ male announcer ] priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. the number of votes that changed the course of american history. anncr: five hundred and thirty seven. newscaster: florida is too close to call... anncr: the difference between what was... and what could have been. so this year, if you're thinking that your vote doesn't count. that it won't matter. well, back then, there were probably at least 537 people... who felt the same way. make your voice heard. vote. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. back now at 8:35, and this morning on "today's kitchen," what's on the menu, a classic
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comfort food with a twist for a cold fall day. ina garten is out with her new cook book, barefoot contessa, foolproof." . >> nice to be here. >> we're making tomato soup. >> everybody feels like comfort food with the storm and holidays coming and i thought what better than tomato soup. >> yours has a little bit of a twist. how do we get started here? >> really easy, sauteed some onions. saute them slowly for 15 minutes and add garlic right at the end. >> how many of garl snick. >> a teaspoon of garlic and then it doesn't burn if you add it right at the end for about a minute and i'll add chicken stock. this is really fast. four cups of chicken stock and tomatoes. >> crushed tomatoes. okay to use tomatoes from a can. not against the law. >> and i love san marzano
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tomatoes. and saffron, gives it a little bit of heat, salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of salt because it's a big pot of soup and a teaspoon of pepper, put that right in, and it's going to cook for about 15 minutes. >> now you have orzo in this. how do we get that ready to go? >> put in half a cup of orzo, half cooked it, and i'm going to put it in and let it finish cooking in the soup, and what happens is the starve in the orzo thickens the soup naturally. >> you have cooked the orzo. >> about seven minutes. >> and it will finish in there. >> and, of course, a little cream never hurt. >> go to town. >> a little cream in, and add it right in and that cooks for 15 minutes. it's fantastic, and i have some finished right here. you want to try it? >> of course i do. it's not comfort food yet until you have a grilled cheese sandwich with it so we'll make grilled cheese youthon. >> right up here. >> i think you may have to wait for the whole thing. >> here's some soup.
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>> great. >> and i make grilled cheese youthons by taking bread and gruyere by putting them right here in in a panini machine. >> butter the bread. >> melt the butter, put it on the bread and make a gruyere sandwich. take it out of the panini press, so much easier than a pan and cut it up in a pan. >> if you don't have a panini press you can fry it the old way. >> i love that. that's a cute take on youthons. >> if i take a bite, will you tell us about our thing back there. >> i can. >> so good. >> that's great. >> what's our next one. >> the next comfort food, of course, is meatloaf, right, so this is 1770 house meatloaf from a restaurant, a wonderful restaurant near me, so delicious, and they make a sauce that's garlic and chicken stock, an they just cook it until it's really sweet and just pour it right over the whole thing.
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>> i'm not used to -- i'm used to meatloaf with ketchup on top. >> this is fancier meatloaf and made actually with panko crumbs which you puree, and it really holds it together. >> the gang's all here. >> you have to come. >> that's so good. >> so happy to see you. >> excuse us. >> oh, my gosh. that looks good. >> one more. >> we have toffee date cake, i don't think anybody wants that. >> we do. >> the toffee date cake is a really moist holiday cake that you make with a caramel glaze that has a little bit of bourbon in it. i don't think anybody is going to want to taste that, right? >> i didn't think i could fall in love with meatloaf, it's happened. >> this is so good. >> delicious. >> i have some on my finger. >> thank you so much. a reminder to everybody, the cook book is called "foolproof."
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>> double dipping. >> so good. >> coming back early and often. coming up next, timely advice from millions on how to clean up your house. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back now at 8:42 with "today's home." a lot of houses suffered water damage when sandy roared ashore. what are the best ways to tackle a flood. here with some tips is our "today" contributor, host of the syndicated show "house smarts." lou, good to see you. good morning. >> good morning. >> first of all, if you have severe, severe flooding and water damage in your home you're going to need a professional. >> you are. my concern is there's so much damage on the northeast that these professionals will be completely overloaded and people won't want to wait, so what concerns me is that they are doing this safely and taking the right precautions and doing it enough so that they don't make it worse. >> if you still have water standing in your home, one of the things you want people not to do is go into that area,
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especially if the power is still on. >> correct. here's the problem. we've got electrical outlets and switch gear and mechanical systems that are down there that could be in contact with the water, and there's an electrical hazard. power needs to be out first before we enter any of those lower levels. how do you protect yourself. >> matt, this water is all contaminated. got to wear rubber boots and respirators or masks, wear eye protection. this is like a protective suit. you've got to get quality stuff. this is 3-m stuff. it's really good, and you need to wear it constantly when you're down there. you will make yourself sick if you go down there and clean up and you're not protected. >> let's talk about the home now. water in the basement or on the first floor, in the walls. got to get the carpet out of there and the affected flooring out of there. >> all that have has to come out. >> i don't want people to think they can clean the carpeting. this is contaminated water. the insulation inside under the dry wall. we need to cut the dry wall out.
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>> a food fot above the water l. >> take a dry wall saw like this and cut it by hand. all of this needs to come out. i need gloves. this is going to be saturated. if this doesn't come out. this is like a home for mold and mildew to grow, and you'll have all kinds of problems down the line. >> talk to me about the products. >> bleach is an awesome product but for porous materials not the best choice. you need swg more residual value that as a cleaner with a disinfectant. cleaners like pine-sol or simple green. don't mix the cleaners together, scrub like crazy and let it sit for a while after you scrubbed it so it can work and then rinse it again. >> washing it down with water after you've used it. >> we need more water to clean it out. >> okay. and then you've got to dry it out. >> now it's all soaking wet. you made me clean it. it's soaking wet. air flow is your friend. if you can find these box fans now. >> if you have power. >> if you have power, this is going to take days to dry out,
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and you want to get as much air flow as possible. possible to get a window open to get some fresh air, i realize it's getting cold this, will make a huge difference. >> done a lot of segments in the past about mold hand how damaging it can be to a home. the fact that we're now in fall, is that a little bit better in terms of we don't have the heat august or something like that. >> it actually is. the silver lining is that it's a little bit cooler so we don't have the humidity where basements tend to be mist and warm which is great for mildew and mold. this has a residual value for a cleaner you can use that when you spray it on there it inhibits the growth of mold and this is by a company called natural magic. if you stick one of these in front of a fan because they work on air flow, what's going to happen is you're going to start to smell that odor which is going to grab the odor in the room and drop it to the ground and eliminate it while making it smell a little nicer. >> what do you have here? >> a lot of cars under water, too. again, the carpeting, all of
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this has to come out. depending on the water damage of the car, the carpeting in that car needs to come out, but some of these carpet extractors that you can rent have these wands to help you clean the up holtzry in the car, even some of the furniture in your home this. can help. all, of course, meaning you need power which is the first thing. listen, i'm from the midwest. the rest of the country has a great amount of empathy for people in the northeast. we are helping, too. a lot of people are gathering up funds and money and racing awareness to try to help the people, so my thing is hang in there, do it safely. we're going to help everybody get through it. >> always good advice, lou. thank you very much. coming up next, the substance and style of the candidates' wives as we count down to tomorrow's election. but first this is "today" on nbc.
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well, as we reach the end of this election season, there's, of course, a lot of interest in the candidates of the campaigns, but there's also some fascination with style. it's the focus of our attention every four years, who will make history? who will win over the nation? we're not talking about the presidential candidates. we're talking about their wives. and let's face it. when it comes to first ladies, we've got a fascination with
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fashion, from dolly madison to mary todd lincoln, from grace coolidge to nancy reagan. many first ladies have been celebrated for their style. perhaps no one more than jackie kennedy. >> right out of the gate she hit it with her inaugural ball outfit, the way she stood out with the crowd, the freshness of that white color, new beginnings, her youth. it spoke on so many levels to so many people. >> yet, others have been criticized. >> with hillary the problem was that she didn't define her own style, and she kept changing. i mean, her hairstyle is the perfect example of that. >> for this election it's a fashion face-off between two formidable contenders with two distinctive styles. >> michelle obama wears h & m, things that the normal person could buy, even though the majority of the time she is dressed in high-end designer clothing. she still that has that relatable touch to her. >> ann romney typically favors more high end. >> ann romney dresses in a very
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refined, expensive looking way. she wears a lot of designer clothing, but she still has fun with her style. she mixes prints. she loves a bright red dress. >> while both women received high praise for their convention attire, they have also faced criticism for some of their wardrobe choices. michelle obama for not wearing an american designer to a state dinner last night and ann romney ruffled some feathers when she word this $900 bird print t-shirt earlier this year, but regardless of the highs and lows, it's not just about who wore what about you how these women will leave their mark. >> well, avril graham is executive fashion and beauty editor for "harper's bazaar." good morning to you. >> good morning. >> with all the stress of the campaign it's fun to talk about something like fashion and these ladies get so much scrutiny about their choices. >> this day and age where it's a digital day and age, every angle is scrutinized, every single thing you wear, every blogger
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has something to say. it's a defining role. the new first lady does have to sadly look really good. >> one thing we're not doing is comparing or making this a competition between the two first ladies, because we agree both look fabulous. >> yes. >> let's start with ann romney. what do you think of her style? >> interesting to see how she's evolved since she began the campaigning moments. wore bright jackets, a boxy looking and a bit touch unfinished. as the whole presidential situation has emerged she's really developed a much more of a polish. wearing designers that are absolutely perfect for the world stage. oscar did a la renta, wears his designs beautifully, doesn't pretend to shop at kmart. her husband is wealthy. she's wearing good clothes. this is a moment where a mistake is going to be there forever, where everybody is look back at a hideous mistake but good ones will be talked about. >> and she's willing to go casual, too. >> she looks fabulous in a pair of jeans. for anyone age 63 to look fabulous in a pair of jeans, i
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salute her. swimsuits on del rey beach the other week, looked amazing, but it's not a beauty competition and it would be a hideous thing to set women back like decades to think we're judging them that way, but it's the world stage. it's a global role. >> let's talk about michelle obama, somebody who has been followed. whole blogs devoted to cataloguing her every outfit. what do you think about her that's created such a fascination? >> you know, she has been absolutely the darling of the fashion community, and i think mainly because she's championed young new designers. look at jason wu, well new in the designer set, since he designed the inaugural dress, hits have blown up. challenged a lot of young designers, home grown and foreign and wears them really well. >> also designers that you find at the mall and high-end ones, too. >> let's not remember, she
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actually wore a cardigan to meet the queen, every brit gasped, a cardigan to meet the queen but she pulled it off. she looked fantastic. we have to remember that this is a role you can make your own. we remember sleeve-gate, started to wear the sleeveless gowns, great buff arms, why not. >> and both of these ladies seem to enjoy fashion. >> yes. >> that's not always the case with first ladies. >> not always, you know, but, again, you're true to your own sense of self. hillary clinton tried very hard, just at the end of the day an intellectual woman who is a brainy girl. she doesn't have to fly the flag for fashion. >> avril graham, fun to have the conversation and look at the pictures. both of them look great. appreciate it very much. and now here's matt and natalie. >> all right, savannah. thank you very much. well, the writers over at "saturday night live" did their best to find a little bit of humor in hurricane sandy over the weekend, specifically how the politicians handled the storm. take a look. >> i want to take a moment to thank our city's first
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responders, the firemen, the police officers, emergency medical technicians. i'd also like to thank my staff with the special staffs to my sign language translator lydia chalis who brought some pizzazz to who otherwise would have been a dauer occasion. thanks for your pizzazz. >> hello, i'm governor chris christie. this is my interpreter roxie. things are bad, okay, they are bad, but we're new jersey, all right. we're going to be fine. we don't get sad in new jersey. we get even, so sleep with one eye open, sandy! >> that's good. >> that was very good. anyway, it's hard to find humor in a storm like this, but they obviously did very well, and there were a lot of other cute
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sketches as well. >> what is "saturday night live" going to do once the political campaigns have ended? you knnoknow this has been fodd >> they will be going after you. >> somebody figuring out who will be you in the next couple of weeks. >> anyway, just ahead, we'll get you ready for the holiday shopping season. we were just talking about it on thursday. on thursday two weeks to thanksgiving so we need to get ready. >> start making your list. >> much more, but first your local news and weather.
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8:56 is your time. good morning. already, this election is a record breaker. the district estimates that 52,000 residents voted early. that's more than double the number from 2010 when early voting began in d.c. tune in tomorrow morning for everything you need to know before casting your vote. now the forecast. >> good morning, still cloudy around the metro area. it is cold.
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much of the region feel like a wintry morning. a bit a blustery northwesterly wind that's going to be with us through the rest of the day. could get some rain, snow and wind wednesday into thursday. >> all right, tom, thank you. we'll take a quick break. anncr: five hundred and thirty seven. the number of votes that changed the course of american history. newscaster: florida is too close to call... anncr: the difference between what was... and what could have been. so this year, if you're thinking that your vote doesn't count. that it won't matter. well, back then, there were probably at least 537 people... who felt the same way. make your voice heard. vote. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message.
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we're back now with more of "today" on a monday morning. it's the 5th day of november. i like that. 5th day of november, 2012. sun coming out here in the northeast which is nice. that should warm things up a little t, though only getting into the mid to upper 40s in new york city today. a little chilly, and savannah's already got the shivers going. i'm mate lauer along with savannah guthrie and willie geist. >> a little chilly. >> over in the booth it's a little brisk. >> democracy plaza. >> whining about democracy plaza. >> hypothermia plaza. anyway, coming up, we're going
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to go back to explained, a borough in new york that's been especially hard hit. al's been there, and al will be talking to us about this other orm that's making its way to our area. this won't be another sandy, but it could bring heavy rain, more flooding, maybe some more power problems for a lot of people who don't need any more so we'll be talking about that. >> you know, there was a big controversy here in new york about whether or not to run the new york city marathon. ultimately the mayor decided hot to run it. that was on friday. so you had thousands of marathon runners here in new york city, and a lot of them did the right thing and ran to staten island and other parts of the city. we'll talk to the runners and others who organized that run. >> it's november which means you have to start thinking about holiday shopping. we've got great ideas. advice on where to find the best items, whether it's electronics or pjs where you can get the good buys in november. elizabeth mayhew is here.
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oh, turkeys, too. >> you're all getting turkeys from me this year. frozen turkeys. natalie is standing by with a check of the headlines, natalie? >> good morning, everyone. the northeast is scrambling to get back on its feet after superstorm sandy. new york city officials are searching for housing for some 40,000 displaced residents whose homes could be uninhabitable for weeks. on sunday runners from the cancelled marathon, as you heard, pitched in across the city helping to distribute supplies to hard hit neighborhoods. election officials say they don't expect major disruptions to tuesday's presidential vote even as power generators are being moved into polling locations in parts of new york and new jersey ravaged by sandy. meantime, the candidates are cramming in some last-minute campaigning in battleground states. and according to the final nbc news/"wall street journal" poll of this election, president obama has 48% of the nation's support to mitt romney's 47%. despite gas shortages in the storm-ravaged northeast, nationwide, prices at the pump
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are dropping, according to the latest lundberg survey. gases from dropped 21 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to an average of 3.54 a gallon york and new jersey more long lines at the pump and new jersey is rationing fuel based on license plate numbers. homeland security secretary janet napolitano says as the electricity comes back online more fuel will become available. a horrific accident at the pittsburgh zoo where a 2-year-old boy was mauled to death when he fell into a den of african-painted dogs. police say the boy's mother put him on a railing overlooking the exhibit 11 feet below. new research suggests surgery is best for diabetics with heart disease. doctors compared how 1,900 diabetics with several clogged heart arteries reacted to various treatments, and patients who were given bypass surgery were less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those given stents to prop open
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their blood vessels. the study was discussed sunday at a conference in los angeles. "wreck it, ralph" was number one at the weekend box office with $49.1 million. "flight" starring denzel washington was in second place and at number three was ""argo."" christina aguilera is blowing up on youtube. her performance of "your body" with jimmy fallon and the roots is racking up hundreds of thousands of hi. the only instruments were jimmy's office supplies. check it out. ♪ >> aguilera also sat down with matt earlier on "today" to talk about this season of the hit
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show "the voice." it is five minutes after the hour right now. let's go back out to al with another check of the weather once again from staten island. hey, al. >> hey, good morning, natalie. we're here, the marina and the ocean came in, and you can see an impromptu marina here on people's front yards and they can't get the boats out here right now so it's a real problem for these folks. let's show the next problem that storm ravaged areas have to deal with. a nor'easter tomorrow. tuesday night, makes its way along the carolina coast, and by early wednesday, it is just off the new jersey coast with coastal wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour. 10 to 20 foot waves, and we're talking significant beach erosion. it's a slow mover. it's not going to get out of here until sometime on friday.
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the big problem also, there's going to be significant rainfall along the coast. we're talking anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain locally, could be as much as 5 inches. and then inland is cold air drawn into this. we're talking about heavy snow. we're talking about very heavy snow in the catskill, the white and green mountains, into the poconos. we'll track this over the next 24 hours. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> you still need a winter coat on this monday morning. i'm tom kieran. around the region, cloudiness around the metro area. it's just hovering around 40 degrees. the wind coming in out of the north-northwest gusting to 20 miles per hour. will be with us the rest of the day. increasing sunshine and a high around 50. for election day, cold in the morning. chilly in the afternoon. then some rain, snow and wind likely moving in wednesday afternoon and evening and ending on thursday.
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>> and that's your latest weather. >> and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> al, thanks. and now to today's "take 3" where the three of us share our takes on the stories catching our attention and yours and adding her own two cents today our very own jenna wolfe. >> two cents. >> what was the name that have statue out there in. >> all right, all right. >> it was either prometheus and i went prowillus and i went prometheus. >> first take, take one. ready to play? we're talking about helping hands, and so many of us have seen how new yorkers and so many others across the region in new jersey and connecticut as well are really pitching in and helping out in the recovery and the relief effort. willie, you actually went to staten island and you got involved. went out to help. >> i went down there. took the staten island ferry over there. catch the bus to the ferry and it was so cool to see a ferry full of people carrying rakes,
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bottled water, cleaning supplies, everybody doing what they could to help out. what i got there is beyond what you could believe on tv. some of the photographs. not professional, i took them with my own camera. these neighborhoods were wiped out. neighborhoods wiped out. these were some of the donations of shoes that people brought, but the beauty of it was this neighborhood, newdorf beach completely unified. in each other's home cleaning out houses. people's entire lives dumped in streets waiting for garbage trucks to come. all looking out for each other. not hang heads. guys on grills set up every couple of blocks making burgers for each other. one of the places. this is happening in queens and at the jersey shore, happening on long island as well. >> do they feel like they are getting the help they need finally? >> not entirely. a lot of people waiting on front steps or what was left of the front steps for fema to talk about tm about their next
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steps, could they move into a hotel, a lot were told to evacuate. where am i going to evacuate. i don't have family in the area. >> 40,000 residents will have to find homes and some kind of shelter and that's what the government is trying to do right now. in my community as well in hoboken which is also devastated, interesting because when we start to see the lights come back on throughout town, still a whole area in pitch black and you feel guilty when your lights come back on >> i felt that way. okay, my power is back on, but, you know, for so many others, i have a house with power now whereas some people don't have that luxury. >> when you look at some of the pictures, were you there. the pictures don't do it justice. people watch it on the newscast and read it in the paper and they sue the two-dimensional pictures. doesn't do it justice until you're seeing it with your own two eyes. >> i would say to people don't go. don't worry about signing up, just go down there and pitch in and they are happy to have you there. one guy who did exactly that and did it well, dr. jordan metsel,
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a doctor here in new york city and a marathoner. nice to see you. >> nice to see you this morning. >> i want to tell people what you did. there was some controversy over this marathon, whether or not we ought to run it, and some suggested why don't we take all of these bodies, able bodies and get them involved in the cleanup, and you did exactly that. >> basically there was a whole group of runners right when the marathon was cancelled, several friends e-mailed back and forth and said, hey, we're disappointed this is cancelled but what can we do? within four hours of the marathon being cancelled we had a facebook page up, new york runners in support of staten island, when that facebook page came up, lo and behold, yesterday when the staten island ferry left, we had 1,300 runners all dressed in orange from all over the world, not just new yorkers, people from england, from australia, from asia, never even heard of staten island, on the ferry with us. we filled two ferry boats. ran over there with an orange stream of help running down towards the area you were as well, and i totally concur with what you were saying. it was actually the experience
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of being there which was so impactful to everybody. >> well, i've often said, i've read the marathon a couple of times. there's nothing like that spirit of the new york city marathon, and when you see everybody come out and cheer you on, but i can only imagine what the runners felt participating in that, and -- and how they -- coming from all over the world, to be able to take part in something like this. must have meant so much to them. >> i've run 29 marathons. this was going to be number 30, and i've never had any race or anything that was as meaningful for me, and i think everybody had the same feeling. we were cleaning out some guy's house, a russian immigrant, about 60 years old, trying -- all by himself trying to haul out mountains of heavy garbage and trash in a destroyed home and a destroyed life. 20 runners teamed up all of a sudden and within two hours we cleaned this thing out and he literally was crying and hugged us all in his broken english and said thank you so much. he actually asked for a marathon
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t-shirt. >> took off the stain of whether the marathon should be run or not. poured all the heart and soul and controversy into this cause and to organize this was a blessed thing to do and to want to be a part of. >> it was equally as meaningful for all of us and everybody who came. it was terrific. >> congrats to you and a job well done to all those who participated as well. >> and our last take, of course, countdown to the election, of course, tomorrow. polls say it's a dead heat. all the polls say something different. it feels like there's been so much polling this year, and i don't know, i feel at this point the more polls i see the less i know. >> the one thing the polls tell us consistently is on this last day before the election it's tight everywhere. the national polls are statistically or literally tied, and all these different swing states within a couple of points in the margin of error so it's just impossible to call. maybe we should leave it to the voters at this point. >> i think what's probably the most concern perhaps is the number of people that may not turn out to vote, and i guess "usa today" has a story on that today. saying 90 million americans
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aren't planning to vote, so, i mean, that in itself. >> they polled that. they polled literally everything. elementary school polls, grocery store polls. we've polled the studio audience, polled the four of us. literally, now we just need to have an election. everything has officially been polled. >> you know that the voters, especially in the swing states, probably cannot wait until wednesday so they don't have to watch the advertisements anymore. >> and the robo calls. >> if you don't live in one of these nine battleground states you're seeing a different election. >> that's right. >> you still have like the depends commercials in those places. >> if you live in ohio you know that every other phone call is and every other tv commercial is for the most part saturation point. >> you may be up late on tuesday night, my friend. >> or wednesday, or thursday. >> wednesday morning, we'll all be there. >> you think we'll know. >> we may not, and if we don't, we're staying on 6:00. may do the live handoff to the "today" show at 6:00 a.m. >> let's poll it.
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most retailers are not willing to share their black friday deals. pulled a few strings, so best buy shared with us a few of these things. take that laptop. it's 187. a lot of these things are like $200, $300 down from the retail price so that's going to be coming out in the day after thanksgiving. >> how long does a sale like that last, from black friday in. >> usually black friday through cyber monday. sometimes realize cyber monday the deals change a little bit. >> halloween, i think this is smart, someone with kids. get the costume for next year now. >> just judge the size. as you said, you have a 3-year-old. that 3-year-old is going to be a little bit bigger this. might seem obvious that you go out and buy halloween, buy the things after the holiday. what's good about this is sites are really, really pushing things. tank, for example, a new site called their halloween costumes are 50% off, but for the first time, if you're a first-time shopper, you get another 30% off one of your items, so you could be getting yore halloween costume for your
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son next year for almost nothing. >> and you can hoard some candy, too. >> i'm not saying buy the candy and save it now. buy it, use it at christmas or lots of events. >> or just go nuts this weekend. thanksgiving already. >> frozen turkeys, a lot of grocery stores, if you spend between $200 and $400 usually you'll get a free turkey. that's a really good thing to keep in mind. they give you usually the month to do that. the other thing is turkeys do go on sale immediately after thanksgiving because they hog up so much room in the eezers, so of the grocery stores, so that is a great thing, if you're going to be buying, it buy it then. >> kitchenware, cookware. >> also goes to thanksgiving. this site is similar to, buy it for the first time, get 30% off but it's also on sale. if you need a carving set, $112 regular. now it's only 73. macy's for black friday is really gearing up. a panini maker is only going to be 9.99, same thing with a
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popcorn maker, 40% off single serving coffee. this is the thing. this november, it is the one time where need and sale collide so anything for your home is a great time to buy it, whether it's cookware, servingwater. you're going to get the best deals now. >> are these deals the same in store and online? >> most of them are. i'll tell you when they aren't. this is all online, but this is stationery, a great time to get your christmas cards. get great deals, even from high-end retailers like dempy and carroll. today only they are giving off 20% off their holiday cards and shutterfly has 20% off,, use the code paper 15. you're going to get 15% off, and tiny prints gives 20% off which ends. a lot of these are short-term deals, so you want to get it in now. >> a couple ones we have to do quickly. >> christmas trees, people think to wait, but once they are cut, they are not going to be cut -- they will last the same amount of time so you'll get a good
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deal on that. >> pjs. >> pajama and slippers are huge, huge sale time for retailers, 30% off and free shipping on land's end and everything for the whole family. kohl's has 40% to 50% on slippers and kids's sleep wear, this is unbelievable. old navy, $10 for these pajama bottoms, another 25% off right now if you shop, and there's -- >> guy's stuff here. >> two times a year when you can get great deals, right before father's day and right before christmas so from loews you'-- lowe's you're going to see unbelievable prices, the drills, shop vac $69 and great deals on tools as well. >> this is stuff i can get behind for sure. especially the frozen turkeys. i'll get those. elizabeth, you saved us a lot of money. coming up, we asked a question when is it okay? a group of moms weigh in right after this. ♪ [ female announcer ] at yoplait, we want you to feel even better about your favorite flavors.
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good morning. sunshine now breaking out over the nation's capital. there's a live view of capitol hill. some blue showing through. wind coming out of the north at around 10 to 20 miles per hour. tomorrow, good weather for voting. then that storm moves in. >> right now, an accident along lee highway southbound at perry
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they protect her together. >> going deep on that. >> her tween side. >> pretty pathetic. meanwhile, come up, parenting dilemmas. a lot of times we're flying blind when it comes to making the right decisions for our kids, like putting them on a diet, talking to them about weight or letting them color their hair or some other augmentations so we're asking the question. >> got my interest. >> such as? >> when is it okay to talk to them, to talk to your kids directly about some of these things. we'll get some answers for mom. >> and decorator to the star nathan turner will help you get that effortless american style in your own home with some simple tips and then we're getting juiced. juiced in the kitchen, healthy, delicious combinations. we're getting out the juicer and throwing everything we can find into it. drinking your fruit and vegetables a little bit later. >> can that taste good? >> that's good. >> i really like the green juice. >> all right. let's get a check of the
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weather. before all of that al is out on staten island this morning. al, good morning again. >> yeah, guys. the sun is out now but we're look foorg change coming up with this nor'easter. it's going to be making it way up the coathe coast starting to. in the east of course we are keeping an eye on this nor'easter. cooler than normal temperatures. some rain in the pacific northwest. then as we get into the midweek period, look for some mountain snows out west. above normal temperatures through the plain states. that system making its way up the coast. then a ridge here in the east. that makes for warmer air. then out west, below normal temperatures. more rain and more snow. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> wintry cold here this morn. we've been in the 30s but now the sun is breaking out. we're warming up a little bit. we have wind gusting to around 20 miles per hour.
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regular be national is at 43. we're climbing to the low to mid-40s later today. high around 50 by afternoon. northerly winds are around 20 miles per hour. tomorrow, cold start for election day. a chilly afternoon. coastal storm could give us some rain, snow and wind wednesday >> that's your latest weather. back to you guys. if you need more information on your weather, go to the weather channel on cable or 24/7. guys, back to you. >> all right, al. thank you. coming up next, we are asking when is it okay. household advice for parents, after this. ♪
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let me guess, am i on the naughty list again? ho ho ho! we're back now with our series called when is it okay to, and there are always situations that parents need help navigating, so we've gathered some moms here to share some personal experiences on everything from putting kids on a diet to letting them quit an activity. stacy morrison is the editor-in-chief of blog-her and a mom blogger, the author of "unglued, making tough choices in the midst of raw emotion" and we also have a pediatrician. good morning. >> good morning. >> we put this out on the web and a lot of moms and parents weighed in and when is it okay to argue in front of the children? i'm sure we can all chat about this for a long time. >> i've never had a fight with
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my husband. >> we've been married 19 years and never fought. >> oh, please. >> within the last five minutes, you know. i actually personally feel like you should try not to argue in front of your kids because you don't want to do anything that will undermine their sense of safety, but if you do argue in front of them, then they need to see and model conflict resolution. >> right. >> how you argue more than -- >> let them know you're okay and it's okay and to make the apology open. i think one of the things i always try to do is say to zach, i failed at keeping my emotions in check today and you do that, too, right, and we all have to keep learning. it's not that you ever get good at it as an adult. my mom gave me great advice once. she said i wish i hadn't hen pecked your dad, pick, pick. that i think gave you a lasting sense of things not being okay which is different than fighting. >> but i think it's healthy to argue in front of the children if you argue in a way that models conflict resolution. >> exactly. >> i think children should learn that people who love each other can disagree and that
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disagreement can be solved in a very productive way and it doesn't have to be the last man standing wins. >> you say it all comes down to tone though, right? because you say a lot of people are either the exploders as you say or the stuffers which i think some of us like me can be both. we explode and then we stuff it and then we explode. >> i can be both of those, but my husband tends to be a stuffer, and i tend to be an exploder, and what we've really had towork on is learning how to address the issues, and sometimes we will address issues in front of the kids because i can't perfectly time when we're going to get into a little conflict, so as long as we're addressing the issues and not attacking one another. >> right. >> then i think i can model and my husband can model what healthy conflict looks like. >> yeah. >> my husband, he is the kind of person where he'll avoid conflict, and he grew up in a home that's very, very quiet, and i'm more of the exploder and i'm like let's get it all out on the table, and we've had to learn to navigate and not trying
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to prove that we're right but trying to improve the relationship and model, like you said, healthy conflict resolution. >> you know what. >> never argue about the children in front of the children. a united front. do that in private. >> good to know. that's perfect. moving on to the next topic, is it okay to let your child cosmetically alter their look? now we're talking about anything from straightening their hair with a keratin straightener to nose jobs, breast augmentation, how do you all feel about this in. >> this is a huge topic in the blogosphere, every time a woman starts wear begun, it i let my son wear blue nail polish to school or my daughter says she wants to have a nose job, a passionate reaction as if there's a right or wrong is amazing. the fact is you have to know your kid. are they doing it to cover a hurt, to join? >> yes. >> or are they doing it as an outward expression, something they want to do to be who they are, and i think it's helping
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them understand the difference between those two things because there is no set answer of what is or isn't going to work. >> and also the experience with your son, the blue nail polish. >> what's so interesting is there was a blogger yesterday who came out, the maven was talking about the same exact thing. her son loved the navy blue nail polish, wanted to wear it to school, exactly what my son had done and i said you're allowed but i want you to be aware people might say weird things, you're a girl or why are you doing that and i kind of prepared him for the upside. now the blogger's son said that's fine. i'm a rock star, and he went to school with it. my son, said, you know what, i'm going to take it off, but not because of that. oh, of course you're not. >> renee, gone through this recently with my daughter, recently went natural with my hair. my daughter has the same hair down to here. what does she want, it's gorgeous, wants to wear it straight. i think a lot is peer pressure and as moms we have to divorce our own feelings from that because to me i'm like no, how could you, and she's like this
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is who i am so i think it's important that we understand that as well. >> but developmentally we should say that 16-year-olds, teenagers really aren't ready to make certain decisions so getting things that are permanently body altering, nose jobs, boob jobs, at 16. >> their bodies aren't developed yet. >> their bodies are not developed and their minds are not fully developed in spite of how they feel. they feel like they are ready to make these big decisions. it's very important to not allow children to make those kinds of decisions because two, three, four years later they were thinking what was i thinking? they were thinking like a 16-year-old. body altering things, things that are not easily reversed should wait for adulthood. >> usually it's because they are trying to fit in. next topic, when is it okay to put your child on a diet? this is a big one because talking about weight and your children is a tough subject. >> right. >> when do you talk to your kids about weight is. >> from a medical standpoint it should not be about appearance, it should be about health. and we use the bmi, body mass
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index, to determine if a child weighs a little bit too much, and it's for health. we don't put young children on diet. we allow them to grow into their weight but it should always be done with the supervision of your physician. >> let your doctor be the lead voice on that. >> unfortunately, i'm so sorry, we're like out of time. we definitely need more time for this. ladies, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> we'll keep the conversation going on the blogosphere. and up next, getting your kids to eat their veggies. delicious ideas for juicing them instead, right after this. my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer up to 9 months.
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♪ this morning on "today's kitchen" all about juicing. going to make it as easy as 1, 2, 3. a great way to get in your fruits and vegetables. heidi, good morning. >> good morning. >> do you have a governing philosophy about juicing? can you throw anything in together. >> everything works, anything and everything. it's really a taste profile. basic guideline, usually if you have something green with half a piece of a small piece of fruit or root vegetable, it will take the sweetness and take out the bitterness. >> shall we try one here. >> do you want all this in? >> i wouldn't think of apples
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and carrots together. >> this one is a very sweet one. >> that's okay. >> not going to get on. >> you see, look how simple. >> wow. >> and here's the thing. typically, as you can see, go ahead, that's the thing. all you need to do is -- >> got to get physical sometimes. >> look at that. >> all you need to do is wash them. use a scrub to scrub off, and cut it. there's not a lot of preparation. throw the whole thing n.talking about the leaves, the leaves, the stems. >> shall i give this one a dance? >> give it a try. >> what's the word? >> that's good actually. >> that one is very, very sweet. >> i'm getting more apple than carrot. >> here's the thing. here's the thing with this. i think this is a real benefit when it comes to juicing because most people don't get in enough vegetables. >> right. >> you get all the nutrients. >> go ahead. throw it in there. >> what do we have here? >> spinach, lots of nitrates, vitamin k. what you don't get when you get a lot of greens. see how this doesn't produce a lot of liquids.
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>> going to be a long road to a glass of juice. >> get the nutrition. >> but you get the fluid when you add cucumber and when you add the celery. >> here's the celery. >> there you go. >> and the cucumber. >> a few people don't want to do this. >> if you have any kind of kidney problem, don't want a lot of the vitamin k that comes from green, diabetes, don't want to do a juice bath. >> that one not so much. >> it's good. >> if you add a beet to that, an apple, it would be sweeter for you. >> do you lose the nutritional value of a fruit or vegetable when you throw it in a juicer? >> you lack the fiber. if you have an otherwise fibrous diet, juicing is great, if you're not getting in the fiber elsewhere you need to get it from the vegetables. >> another one. >> pineapple. >> 100% florida orange juice. you can buy that, and that's fine. when you're talking about vegetables, very short shelf life, and so you really want to
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be able to -- you want to -- >> a little ginger. >> you like ginger in here. >> really good for you. >> and all going in. >> i know you're going to like this. >> look out. we lost a few. casualties in every war. let's see this. >> what do you think. >> that's good. >> that's really good. >> yeah. >> that's a thumb's up. >> and important to drink right away. not good for storage. >> the whole idea of juicing is it's fresh and have it right away. >> great stuff, heidi. thanks very much. appreciate it. >> okay. >> up next, effortless american style for your home, but first this is "today" on nbc. anncr: which do you believe?
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what mitt romney's tv ads say about women? or what mitt romney himself says? mitt romney: do i believe the supreme court... should overturn roe v. wade? yes. and it would be my preference that they, that they... reverse roe v. wade. hopefully reverse roe v. wade. overturn roe v. wade. planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. i'll cut off funding to planned parenthood. anncr: no matter what mitt romney's ads say. we know what he'll do.
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president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. this morning on "today's home," simple decorating solutions whether it's hanging artwork or changing your tablescape, nathan turner shares his ideas in the new book "nathan turner's american style, classic design and effortless entertaining." good morning, nathan. good to have you here. >> it's wonderful to be here. >> it's a great book. love it. >> thank you. >> let's talk first about
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creating a dining room setting that's very easy and won't cost you a lot of money, very elegant as well. how did you get started? >> this came about and a lot of people can relate. i ran out of money. a dining table is too important a piece to really throw any old thing into the room that can make or break it. so i took a caterer's table, a big thick folding table, really inexpensive. find them at thrift stores even. >> right. >> see that? >> yeah. >> and i had a custom drape made. >> probably the most expensive piece on this, but i used a really inexpensive fabric and like me the thing would be destroyed with stains and everything else on it, i put a glass top on it so then all you have to do is wipe it down. the fun thing about that is you can layer underneath it. i did these little place mats. >> they look like paper mats. >> exactly. >> it's left over wallpaper. >> oh. >> and you can change this out for holidays and different
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seasons, and it makes cute little permanent place cards for your kids. >> even the flower arrangement, very simple, but just creates a whole elegant feel, right? >> yes. i like simple. >> over here now to hanging pictures. this is something a lot of us stress over and really can't quite figure out is where to place them and not create a lot of holes in the wall. >> unless you want your wall to look like swiss cheese, this is a real great tip. >> take whatever art you have and make a craft paper template out of it, and that way you're free to kind of arrange them the way you want and you're not pounding holes in the wall and once you get your combination exactly the way you want, it remove the template and hang the picture up there. >> hang thetic tour. >> without the plastic tape behind it. >> take the tape off. >> so colorful tape though, and the great thing is you anchor it with one piece, a big piece in the middle and then you go around.
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>> and you can mix and match. frames don't have to match. >> and i like a variety of prints and paintings and really mix it up. >> taking a look at some of your client's home, amanda peete's house, things incorporated throughout and what i love is this gorgeous console table, and to me it really is about how you establish sort of a nice setting for everything without cluttering it. >> exactly. i love a multi-tiered console like this from pottery barn because it really gives you an opportunity to have fun and display. this is an opportunity to bring out all your personal belongings but without cluttering, so you start with multi-layering heights. this is my anchor and drop down. books are fantastic accessories. inexpensive and look great and then different varying heights and space and ending
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9:57 is your time now on this monday, november 5, 2012. let's check your forecast now with tom kieran. cold start, tom. >> yeah, it is, it's feeling a lot like winter. temperatures around the region are still hovering around the low 40s to mid-40s. it's accompanied by a blustery wind out of the north and northwest. that's with us for the rest of the day. sunshine back. we'll have temperatures tomorrow morning cold during the rest of the day on tuesday, into the upper 40s, and we'll have some clouds increasing tomorrow
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afternoon. then the coastal storm may give us some rain and snow and wind wednesday afternoon and evening into part of thursday, ending then, then warming into the weekend. >> still seeing delays on the road. not terrible though. if you're traveling the inner loop of the beltway, you are jammed. but getting to the dulles toll road not bad, about 47 miles per hour. 66 as well traveling east and westbound on the beltway. no accidents. >> coming up on midday, election fever is taking over even at
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anncr: five hundred and thirty seven. the number of votes that changed the course of american history. newscaster: florida is too close to call... anncr: the difference between what was... and what could have been. so this year, if you're thinking that your vote doesn't count. that it won't matter. well, back then, there were probably at least 537 people... who felt the same way. make your voice heard. vote.
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president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody, it's so good to see you. fun day monday, it's november 5th. we are going to do our best to make it a fun day monday for you. a lot of people struggling out there right now. we don't want to seem insensitive to them, but we've heard from an awful lot of you that you need a little lift. think of us as a good bra, you know, just a little lift where you need it. that's what we are. here's something great that happened that matt organized on friday night that we've been telling you about, the telethon,
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the concert. it was a tremendous success, you guys. for everybody who phoned in and gave money, $23 million raised. >> isn't that amazing? >> it rocked. so many great acts. billy joel, bruce springsteen. >> matt has those guys on speed dial. it was in a short time frame, he called billy joel, bruce springsteen. >> mary j.blige. jimmy fallon was singing "under the boardwalk." his back-up singers were billy joel, bruce springsteen. ♪ down by the shore ♪ down by the sea ♪ on a blanket with my baby where i'll be ♪
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♪ under the boardwalk ♪ out by the shore ♪ under the boardwalk ♪ we'll be having some fun ♪ under the boardwalk ♪ under the boardwalk >> the boss is in the back, you can see him. >> it was really terrific. >> by the way, can i say something? there are a lot of storm victims out there who you cannot believe the spirit and resilience. i went with some friends to staten island, and this is what was the best about that place. there was a woman whose house was devastated. she was very upset. i saw her, i said i'm so sorry about your house. she said, that's not why i'm crying. i said, why are you crying? she pointed down the street, there were hordes of volunteers coming. she said, that's why i'm crying. marathon runners came to help out and do stuff. the marathon runners went out to staten island, hopped on the ferry. >> it's so great, so great. obviously, they are disappointed.
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>> these are people who live in other neighborhoods that picked up a shovel or whatever. there was an older lady and guy said to me, see that lady right there, she had dirty clothes and all she wanted to do was go to church. they gave her fresh clothes, she thanked them, went to church, and came back and kept digging her house out. there's not a sense of poor me. someone else needs it worse than me. i bet you someone needs it worse. you have to see, the human spirit is on display. and it's not, like, don't feel sorry for me. they are working. you like that feeling. >> were you seeing the opposite in the gas lines. our wonderful producer was in a line finally, finally, finally, and literally the guy right before her got the last drop of fuel. >> drained it. >> she's got a 2-year-old and an infant in the car with her. really? >> i'm surprised she didn't run someone over. you know what, it could have
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happened with tammie or any of us. >> "saturday night live," if you can have some fun with it, there were. >> there's been a lot of news conferences, there's someone who signs nearby. "snl" thought that was humorous. let's take a listen. >> a moment to thank our city's first responders, the firemen. the police officers. emergency medical technicians. i'd also like to thank my staff with a special thanks to my sign language translator lydia callas who brought some pizazz to what otherwise would be a dower occasion. thank you, lydia, for your pizazz. >> hello. hello. i'm governor chris christie. this is my interpreter. things are bad, okay, they are
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bad. but we're new jersey, all right, we're going to be fine. we don't get sad in new jersey. we get even. so sleep with one eye open, sandy. >> he has been the star through this whole thing, though, in real life, chris christie. >> he's been really terrific. all right, so if you need a laugh, we found a little video that might help out. this is a video called "the dragon baby." it's a baby taking on a dragon. an indie filmmaker had a cam corder, take a look. ♪ ♪
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>> look at that. [ laughter ] ♪ >> come on. >> that is adorable. >> how great. >> i'm so glad i haven't seen that before. how do they do that? i can't even turn on a camcorder. >> are we ready for our wednesday matinee lunch? >> is that still on, we had to cancel it last week. gallagher's on west 52nd street. we had to cancel it last week. 200 crazy women that were going to join us before. what's going on? >> anthony. >> okay, anyway, we'll be there at noon, you guys.
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we'll have to reschedule the one we had before and we'll let you know when that is. >> those are out of control. wine gets going, it's crazy. >> you have rabid fans, hoda. hopefully you've had a booster shot, wow. nothing can keep us down around here, and we are going to go forward this week with our "everyone has a story." ♪ everyone has a moment that changes their life ♪ >> yes, we know. this month's winner is francis of freehold, new jersey. she was nominated by her adopted daughter ashley. we hadn't done an adoption story in a while, and they are both on the phone with us. francis worked in special education for over 15 years and also volunteers for her church. we take all that for granted, but what a difference it makes in these kids' lives. and in 2006, francis was
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diagnosed with thyroid cancer herself, but her adopted daughter said she wishes she could be half the woman that her mom is. hey, you guys. are you there? >> yes, how are you? >> you are there. >> from alexandria, virginia. that's where my mom lives. >> that's fan of the week coming up. we need to go back to the other, please, we're not quite through with this. >> sorry. >> we're still on that. anyway, so are you excited? >> yes, i am! >> i'm very, very excited. i didn't even know we were nominated. i sent in the entry a few months back, so when i got a call from susan, i was ecstatic. >> susan called. >> there you are, we're looking at you. boy, you're a good-looking family. beautiful. >> we cannot wait to see you guys. we'll see you on thursday. >> david and i have written a beautiful -- i think it's beautiful, i hope you like it.
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poignant new song for you we'll have sung for you on thursday, okay? >> love you all! >> how sweet was that? now it's time for alexandria, virginia. >> and our fan of the week! >> you were excited, hoda. >> our winner this week is whitney russell from alexandria, virginia. who watches in washington, d.c. whitney and her 14-month-old son harlem never miss a show and have a dance party thursday to the ihoda play list. they also love watching you compete, which got you thinking, you two should run for office. whitney has volunteered to be your campaign manager. she's gathering supporters on capitol hill. you can debate important matters such as pinot versus chardonnay and petition to move happy hour to where it belongs, 7:00 a.m.
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whitney, you get extra points for being creative. we're sending you on a rock and roll getaway to seattle. three-night state at the edgewater hotel. >> we were there, hoda! >> it's also a private velvet rope dinner for two, music project, and round-trip air fare for two. the hotel and air fare provided by the edgewater hotel in seattle. >> that's a beautiful spot. iconic picture of the beatles. they stayed there and had their heads out the window. great, thank you so much. she's been called one of the greatest female vocalists of all time, we're going to chat with grammy-winning superstar like christina aguilera. and hot couples news, all your hollywood buzz after this. glade plugins scented oils n release fragrance into the air, the welcoming scent of fresh lavender and juicy, sun-ripened peaches quickly fills your home. then fills you with a little something, too.
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♪ ...saving on your medicare prescriptions is easy. ♪ so you're free to focus on the things that really matter. call humana at 1-800-808-4003. or go to for details. christina aguilera is an international superstar who's done it all. she's a grammy-winning singer/song writer and producer and actress. >> celebrity coach and judge on nbc's hit show "the voice" and her studio album "lotus" comes out next week. >> how has that side project changed the world for you? >> you know, i went into it as a passion project at a time where i wanted to actually step away from being an artist myself, step outside of myself and give
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advice and be a coach and give back some of my experience and knowledge being in this business. and the way the format of the show was presented to me, the blind auditions being something so real and, you know, no preconceived notions, no judgment except for being inspired by a voice was huge, and it's been inspiring for me to incorporate that even into my lyrics on my new album "lotus" to inspire the next generation of singers. >> when people stop you on the street now, do they talk about the show, do they talk about the chemistry between you and blake and adam and cee lo? >> yeah. it is wonderful for me to see how much people actually do enjoy the show. took my son to an allergy test the other day, poor thing, getting his test done, the woman was like i love your show and what you're doing, i'm like is he okay, is he all right. >> let's focus on him. >> but it brings so much joy to people. >> how cute is max?
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can we focus right now for a second? four years old? >> four and a half, yeah. >> oh, my gosh. >> that's from his halloween party. i threw him a big halloween bash. >> how do you do it, considering you have multiple careers going all at once, your most important is mom. does max come to the show with you, or how do you make it work? >> it's an intense juggling act. i'm no slacker. i'm a perfectionist, so i put more pressure on myself for things to be perfect and i get overwhelmed and things get crazed, but at the end of the day, i think my chemical makeup is what it is. i wouldn't be able to do anything else but have that kind of schedule, and you make times for the things that are important. you know, getting out of work on time and rushing home to work to put my son to bed so i'm the last thing he sees when he goads to bed and first thing in the morning is important so we have that consistency, that bond,
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throwing him halloween parties, festivities. mama goes all out. >> i love watching you with the three coaches, i always wonder who you click with the most. let's play a game, since you have the three heads. if you were playing spin the bottle in seventh grade, you spun the bottle. who would you want it to land on? >> these are my brothers, like incest. >> pick one. >> for being a pure gentleman through and through, sorry, miranda, it would have to be blake. i love blake. >> we're going to play a musical game. willie geist, host of the third hour of today is here. he's going to emcee. >> first of all, what kind of question was that? clean it up a little bit. >> christina, you need to know hoda thinks she knows the words to every song recorded. >> i am. >> we're going to test both your
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lyrical skills on a few songs. i'm going to play you a clip from a song. when we cut the song off, hit your buzzer if you think you know the next verse of that song. >> okay. >> i think you're going to know these songs. let's start with "honey bee" by your spin the bottle partner, blake shelton. ♪ you be my soft and sweet ♪ i'll be your soft and steady >> christina aguilera is in first. >> i'll be your shot of whiskey, then what? >> sugar daddy. i'll be your sugar daddy. >> what is it? >> no? >> i don't know. sing it. >> you'll be my sunny day. >> i'll be your -- >> shade tree. >> honey bee. >> we're giving that to christina. that was the practice round. christina, if you don't know this one, we have a major problem, because you are on this
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track. moves like jagger by maroon 5. ♪ >> get to her part. ♪ shoot for the stars >> cut it right there. who's in first? >> something wherever you are. >> you don't get to say something. >> if it feels like wherever you are. right? it feels like. >> sure, aim for my heart. close enough, close enough. >> tie breaker right now. >> here's our tie breaker. our final song, "forget you" by cee lo. we all know this one. ♪ sorry i can't afford a ferrari ♪ ♪ but that don't mean i can't get you there ♪ >> i have no idea any words of that song. >> that's not a lyric either. >> what's the chorus? >> forget you. >> thank you, what's the price? >> 0 for 3, i think that went
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well. >> that was a disaster and we know that. >> we love our big willie. >> don't forget "the voice" airs on nbc monday and tuesday nights. >> later, we'll keep you on the loop with all the hollywood scoop. first, these messages. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits.
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this portion of "today" is powered by windows 8. we are back now with "today" on the trail and tomorrow is the big day. >> thank god. >> thought it would never get here. in honor of the presidential election, we thought we'd find out what you really know about basic, basic american history. >> i hope they don't quiz us. sara haines is outside on the plaza, which has been transformed to democracy plaza. hey, sara. >> hi, guys. here at democracy plaza, with
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the big vote tomorrow, i decided to check in with my fellow americans to make sure they were ready. you know there's a big election coming up. >> absolutely. >> you know how many electoral votes it takes to elect a president? >> 200, 250 or so? >> i know it's over 100. >> it is over 100. >> 270? okay. >> do you know the three branches of the government? >> yes. >> would you like to name them? >> judicial. >> legislative, executive, and judicial. >> yes! do you know how old you have to be to run for president? >> you have to be 40? 45? >> going the wrong way. >> 18? >> that is how old you have to be to vote. >> i would say you have to be 45. >> it's actually younger. >> is it 38, 35? >> why did you go for an 8,
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would you not go for multiples of 5? >> 21 you can drink. >> you won that round. >> 35. >> do you know who the current speaker of the house is? >> that's a tough question, no, i don't. >> boehner? >> yeah. >> who is on the $100 bill? >> the $100 bill is benjamin franklin. >> how did you know that? >> because it's all about the benjamins. ♪ >> the big important thing on any election is everyone votes. let's say "vote" on three. get all the hands in there, ready? one, two, three -- vote! and i saved an easy one for you guys. the 19th amendment of the constitution gave whom the right to vote? >> all of those four little girls some day. >> yeah, women. >> yeah, women! the women's vote is going to be
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we are back on this fun day monday with today's buzz where we dish on all the hollywood news you missed. >> we've got all the scoop. bonnie fuller is the editor in chief of and ann is with nbc's "gossip gram." kind of fun, the telethon was terrific, star-studded, raised a lot of dough, it was good, wasn't it. >> it was fabulous. raised $23 million, a great amount. they did bruce springsteen, billy joel. i thought christina aguilera c fantastic. she gave a great rendition of "beautiful." >> the fans were poignant, bruce
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springsteen, jimmy fallon, billy joel teaming up to do under the boardwalk. in many cases, there is no boardwalk, it's gone. >> so many people missed it that night, they could reair it. so many of the problems are getting worse now that there's so many shortages of fuel and food and power still. fantastic idea. >> let's find one of the outlets we got and maybe repeat it. >> there were other celebrities locally here in new york that were out and about too. ben stiller was out in brooklyn at a soup kitchen helping to feed the hungry in new york. >> alec baldwin went down to nyu and was talking to displaced students and giving them pep talks. >> bon jovi went to his hometown in new jersey and talked to people. >> people are giving money, too, right, guys? >> well, yes. bethany actually gave $100,000 from herself and her company, and there's a little controversy of simon cowell giving $25,000.
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some people don't think that's enough. >> that's a lot of money to give, but it's on the cover of "the daily news" today. just seems strange, you know? >> out of the west coast, kirstie alley has over 1 million twitter followers, urged people to drop off donations. john travolta says whatever she gets, i will match. >> he's got a plane, he can fly everything here. let's switch gears and talk about weight. lady gaga was talking about her weight and she was upset because people say adel is heavy and no one makes fun of her. >> it's awful what people say. >> she says she grew up haand i was not her fault and that what she's not taking into consideration here was that adele was always plump. lady gaga was very, very thin. in fact, she fought anorexia and
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bulemia. >> i think that's why she's so sensitive to it. on the other hand, she's been famous for taking her clothes off. we've seen her where she's pretty much naked. >> don't ask people not to notice, huh? >> exactly. >> on the other hand, she looks great with a few pounds on her and says her boyfriend likes her better, too. >> what a nice guy. >> i think she looks terrific. >> i do too. i don't think what the controversy is about. >> something you're sensitive about personally, you have an ongoing battle with it yourself. snooki decided to tweet a picture of her makeup-free. >> she looks fantastic. what she wanted to do was show everybody her gorgeous -- her little man, her perfect little man, she called her son. she said i'm a lucky mommy, but she also brought a lot of attention to the jersey shore team have been raising money and putting a lot of effort to help people down on the jersey shore. >> she tweeted she's collecting
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clothing, she's going to go out with bags of clothing to keep warm and she's even kicking in her famous pink slippers there. >> there you go. everybody's doing their part. >> what i think is terrific, though, vinny has been out. he made a public service announcement, you're smiling. >> you know them all by their first names, i have no idea who you're talking about. >> tell us about it. >> he's raising money for the red cross, he's saying everyone donate to that, but what's interesting is he's teaming with mtv, and they are going to have a restore the shore benefit on mtv, november 15th. >> another organization people should know, this money gets to the people is salvation army. they do an unbelievable job. if you're not sure, that's an excellent one. variety magazine called him one of the hardest working men in show business. >> kevin pollak sits down with us. >> got a good book. >> uh-huh. >> look at him. hungry for the best?
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kevin pollak began his career at a very young age with gigs as a stand-up comedian and impressionist. starring in more than five dozen movies, really? including "a few good men" and "usual suspects." >> his new book is called "how i slept my way to the middle: secrets and stories from the stage screen and interweb."
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>> we love the title, the book, not so much, but the title is awesome. >> for years, i've been saying you hear it's lonely at the top, i'm here to tell you it's warm at the middle. this face will get me a table at a restaurant just about anywhere in the world, but the studios don't need me to sell tickets, so it's perfect. >> a burden on you, in a sense. >> paparazzi is not chasing me, it's perfect. >> the great impressions you did of different people. who should we ask him to do? >> i think it's time for christopher walken, is it not? when is it not time for christopher walken. i wish i had a cooking segment to do on the show. make my chicken and pears. there i am. there are stories about me meeting him in the book. i started doing impersonations early in my career, then i started meeting these people and working with them in movies. >> did they like you, know what you did at the time?
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>> did you notice i stammer less now that you started doing me? i heard the impression, i don't care for the stammer. >> one person you really love was tom cruise, said he was delightful as can be. >> inspiring professional, delightful to be around, races out of his trailer to get to the set. he sets the pace on the set. we're all in this together, let's be professionals. i just felt a generosity towards me and everyone else on the crew. >> i like the story with you and johnny carson. you said i don't want to get up there and do stand-up. i want to sit next to him. >> you can't sit next to him, though. >> i watched the show my whole life. in fact, i make the note, there's me teaching carson how to do william shatner. >> we could probably use a little of right now. >> let me just say, it's a pleasure to be here. hi. turns 83, by the way, in april.
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>> was it fun on that moment? >> yeah. first thing i did was peter faulk. he had peter faulk on all the time. the one eye moving, peter was open about the glass eye. when i did this, he pushed himself away from the desk he was laughing so hard. >> oh, my gosh. that is better than the good housekeeping seal of approval. >> it was, it was truly amazing. every time i did the show after that, my next guest is a little strange, please, welcome kevin pollak. and you would pass in front of his desk and the moment you pass in front of his desk, you'd stand and shake his hand, back to the audience, he would lean in and say excuse me, sorry to bother you. he did that to me every time i did the show. >> great memories, great memories. that took guts, though. >> it did. >> everybody dies to get on "the tonight show." even if it's just to do the
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monologue you do. that might have been your only chance. >> i was young. that's when you have a chance to be stupid and take chances. >> there was a part you wanted, you didn't want to audition for it. you just wanted the part. >> right. >> was that "the usual suspects"? >> my agent wanted me to wait and get an offer. after "a few good men," i was passed from having to audition to getting offers. that's a big, big moment for any actor. night and day. i go in detail how auditioning is sort of designed to fail as a structure. >> designed to destroy you as a human being. >> when you go in, you have no security or confidence. whereas when you're offered the part, you're filled with that. >> the book is a lot of fun, we really enjoyed it. >> thank you so much. >> thank you very much. >> do you do regis? >> are you ready for this, anyway? how much information is too much information when it comes to sharing secrets with your
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so are you walking around with a family secret your kids don't know about, or are you a parent that may be sharing too much with your kids? >> before you spill the truth to your children, you may want to think about the consequences of sharing family secrets. dr. janet taylor is a psychiatrist, and shannon ice is a contributing parent editor to "family circle" magazine. nice to see you, ladies. >> in the world we live today, are we spilling too much? >> i think you can't confuse truth with consequences. certainly, when you say something, there may be pain, may be shock, but doesn't mean you can't be honest with your children. but sometimes you have to worry -- not worry, but think about am i putting too much on them or do i wait until they are ready. there's a fine line, i think. >> what kind of secrets are we talking about, what ones are okay to share with your kids? >> that's important, know what's
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still private. things you may want to share, financial challenges, perhaps there's a move you guys are considering and it will impact them in big ways. it's okay to talk about marriage troubles, as well, but keep it in context and keep information private that should be private. >> marriage troubles? >> children in general, but some children are two and some children are 12. you have to know your child. >> your kids are living whatever you are. what you don't want to have is silence. where there's silence and secrets, there's shame. we want to teach our children to come to us because of issues that shouldn't be a secret, sexual abuse, physical abuse, anything that threatens their welfare, you want to feel they can come and talk to you. >> you'd be surprised how many of your signals they are reading. my 8-year-old, for sure, is reading everything i'm doing, changing tone, avoiding topic. they are picking up a lot of your cues already. and they see everybody else sharing. >> there's a thing i've tried to remember all my life, which is little people do not deserve big people problems, and i think as
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much as possible, that's a parenting thing. you should say first of all, first and foremost, protect my children. >> right. >> you know? >> before you burn them. >> i think you have to separate your own struggles, your own issues versus what they need to know, but you also want to teach them to communicate. again, when we have silence and teach our kids about silence, we can't get to what's good about the relationship. >> half the families are ending in divorce. let's pretend there is some kind of marital problem going on. what age should you start talking about it? kids, obviously, are picking up mom and dad are fighting all the time. >> exactly. it's not the problem, it's the tension that it creates. i think to the extent you have to keep things so under wraps you can't be yourself, your kids feel it. what would you say? >> we have six kids ranging from 5 to 26. how you talk to them, also knowing what your child's emotional capacity is. information that can be private, they don't need to know, for instance, the cause of the divorce. they need to know what those
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changes are. >> mommy and daddy love you. >> they will be safe. kids first want to know they are going to be loved and taken care of. >> things offlimit? >> drug abuse, we're getting a lot of questions at "family circle." how can i talk to my children about the fact i struggled as well. it's what did you learn from that. you don't want to lie, but you want to answer. >> infidelity, some parents say don't tell mom this, don't tell dad this, don't put your kids in the middle. >> ladies, thank you. >> thanks. all right, we are painting the town red, white, and blue with election night party ideas. first, this is "today" on nbc. anncr: which do you believe?
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what mitt romney's tv ads say about women? or what mitt romney himself says? mitt romney: do i believe the supreme court... should overturn roe v. wade? yes. and it would be my preference that they, that they... reverse roe v. wade. hopefully reverse roe v. wade. overturn roe v. wade.
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planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. i'll cut off funding to planned parenthood. anncr: no matter what mitt romney's ads say. we know what he'll do. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message.
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no matter which side of the
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aisle you fall on, tomorrow will be a big one. >> why not celebrate by throwing a patriotic party for your friends? here to pull it off, carly rooney. >> hello, how are you? >> good to be here. >> you got to be careful with these kinds of parties, you don't want to offend anybody. >> the worst part is when somebody, like, cracks a joke that offends half of your company. >> this country is pretty easily divided. >> the thing is really to just always laugh. always laugh and move on. >> people who never laugh at anything cruel. >> okay. >> also red, white, and blue is a great time to get out your old leftover 4th of july, red, white, blue gumballs are cheap and fun, gives you something to pop in your mouth when you don't want to answer the question who are you voting for. it's all about food and drink. the idea here is to do a buffet inspired by the home states of our two candidates.
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we have chicago-style deep dish pizza for obama and hotdogs. for massachusetts, we, of course, have lobster rolls and clam chowder. cocktails are critical. we have the obama-tini. >> what's in that one? >> vodka and curasa. >> that makes your tongue blue. >> this is romney on the rocks. grapefruit juice and splash of vodka. then dessert, this gets kids involved. >> is that raisins? >> no, blueberries and fruit roll up. >> not hard at all. >> super easy and fun. >> i hope this hasn't been sitting around for about four hours. that looks so good. >> we'll make you one fresh, girlfriend. then you also want to entertain your guests, there's a long time over the course of the evening. >> this one, too, late, late night. >> so these are -- we have these
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downloadable trivia about ex-presidents. how short was james madison, the smallest president. >> 4'3"? wow, that's short. >> also a big map, grab staples and over the course of the evening put them in. >> so what is that? who won what state? >> who won what state. >> that's a clever idea. >> yeah, super fun. >> sounds like a fun party. >> you can come to my house. >> all right, thank you, carly. hope your power comes on soon, honey. tomorrow we're going to be celebrating election day with good-old american cooking. >> plus yoga muoves at your des and how to parent in public. >> also how to handle awkward kissing situations. >> you all have an amazing fun day monday. guess what tomorrow is? >> booze day tuesday?
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>> something to look forward to. >> wines day wednesday. >> then "scandalous." have a great day. >> bye-bye.
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